He Who Comes From Heaven Is Above All
Posted: Friday, June 17
1 Kings 18:1-46
Verse of the day:
I know the greatness of the Lord— that our Lord is greater than any other god. The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. (Psalms 135:5-6)
In the mid-1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson became a leader in a philosophical movement known as “transcendentalism,” which says that truth comes from personal insight. Emerson wrote, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius.”
When in truth, that statement is foolishness—scripture says, “1the fool says in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand who seek after God”. (Psalm 14: 1-2)
Sadly, Emerson’s faulty thinking took root, and personal thoughts about God replaced God’s thoughts and words about Himself. Finite man began to try and explain away an Infinite God—Jehovah—and in the process, they have lost their spiritual mooring—they have nothing stable to anchor to. We need to embrace what the Lord said in Isaiah: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (55:9). Only by embracing this eternal truth can we return our feet to a Godly path and find our way back home.
King David expressed God’s greatness in the scripture reference for today, so again, let’s read it: “I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places” (Psalm 135:5-6).
Jesus, the image of the invisible God, is the source of all truth (Colossians 1:15-19). John the Baptist said of Him: “He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31).
Only God, the creator of all things, deserves to be called transcendent—that is, above and beyond all things. Contrary to what Emerson concluded, truth comes from above, not from within.