For two dollars you can drink water that with two words make you think you are getting a better product and reaping the rewards of your purchase. Smart Water.
The use of Smart in the title conjures up the desire in all of us to be smarter than everyone else. Trust me on this one little itty bitty thing - You cannot outsmart God!
In all seriousness, don’t we all wake up some days and think, "I can outsmart God… Besides, this is a really small thing and why would He bother????"
I think this is what those really smart people that built the Tower of Babble were thinking as they decided to outsmart God. Or maybe the Religious and Governmental officials that decided to kill that guy, Jesus of Nazareth….. That really worked out for them :)
Plus the Water….. I think of Moses as he struck the rock… Moses tried to outsmart God and with anger He produced water. Hmmm, and Moses ended up just watching as the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land.
Now just to be clear, I don’t see God as an angry God but as a benevolent loving God…. until we try and outsmart Him. In Romans Chapter Two we discover that if we choose to judge others by our personal "made up" rules then God will apply those same rules to our lives. YIKES! Also, in the New Testament we learn that the unforgivable sin is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I’m not 100% sure what that means but I wonder how much it has to do with trying to outsmart God?
So for my original ponder - five minutes to a smarter you….. I think it takes a lot more than five minutes…. This is why at COTHA we push for Small Group membership and Ministry involvement in our membership covenant. We want all of us together to get smarter and well, drink the water and just see where God would have us go, do and become. (Basically, Smarter with God :)