Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Perfect Gift (December 30, 2010)


The Perfect Gift
Isn't it ironic that the more we have access to, the further we are from finding the answer to our loneliness? We are like little Andrew surrounded by Christmas gifts. Minutes after the gifts have been torn into, poor Andrew sits staring at the wall, saddened at having exhausted so much in so little time.  Likewise, having tasted of every new experience that has come along, we too wonder, like Andrew, where all the promised fulfillment has gone.

Our world has seen many advances that offer the promise of a new day.  First, we live in the age of communication. Never before have we had such means to transmit content or create desire.  Yet even with such capacities, the walls between races, cultures, and generations still stand.

Second, we live in the age of technology.  But it has delivered a bill of goods for which the cost exacted is the loss of peace of mind.  Each new invention was supposed to save us time.  Yet less time is spent in building relationships while more is invested in the trappings of our "conveniences."

Third, medicine has vastly improved our lives, and yet we have lost the definition of life itself.  How we have changed!  To the ancient of old, said C.S. Lewis, the question was how to conform the soul to reality, and the answer was in virtue and wisdom.  But to the contemporary modern, the question is how to reconfigure reality so it conforms to our passions.  Some change, isn't it?

Fourth, human sexuality has never been more studied and pandered to in public, yet we have never been more confused about what is right and good.  Young minds are exposed to sights and sounds that foster cravings that no human experience can match or placate.

These advances have not been able to soothe the cry of loneliness heard from millions of hearts, have they?  If the answer lies not in a computer or a medicine bottle, where can we go? 
"Every good and perfect gift is from above," the Christian Scriptures tell us, "coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows."  The God of these Scriptures is the Giver of life.  His presence is our consolation.  His mercy is our salvation.  His glory extends immeasurably beyond all of our faltering answers and fleeting solutions, and yet, His love is extended to each of us personally.  Let us not be like little Andrew surrounded by gifts but not knowing joy.  Go to the Giver, who alone gives us perpetual wonder and fulfillment.


Ravi Zacharias is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
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