Someone shared a video with me of Chris Cumo saying the number of deaths in New York were down because “We brought the numbers down, God did not do that, fate did not do that, destiny did not do that.”
A friend whose newborn granddaughter required surgery praised God when it appeared the surgery was successful. Unfortunately, appreciating this act of God riled one of the nurses. The nursed glared at her and said, “How can you say God did this when you see the doctors taking care of her? The doctor’s performed the surgery God didn’t.”
My question is, why does it have to be God or man? And why not God and Man? Is it possible that God and man are working together to do great things?
Since God breathed into the nostrils of man during the creation process, God is in man. They are working together. This seems to be the message scripture wants to relay to us.
God breathed into the nostrils of man and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
After Cain left the Garden of Eden, he built a city (Genesis 4:17). From Cain’s family line, we have the development of stringed and pipe instrument (Genesis 4:21), tools of bronze and iron (Genesis 4:22) and raising livestock (Genesis 4:20).
How did Cain and his family know how to build a city, create musical instruments, or tools?
Perhaps the answer is found in the book of Exodus, here God says to Moses, concerning Bezaleel, “I filled him with my Spirit, I have given him wisdom and made him a skilled craftsman who can create objects of art with gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood.” (Exodus 31:3)
King Solomon is known as the wisest and richest man of the East. Scripture says, God gave Solomon wisdom, but did it come automatically?
He composed over a thousand songs. He spoke about plants, animals, birds, reptiles and fish (1 Kings 4:32) Did he write songs or speak about plants and animals because he received daily messages or heavenly downloads from God?
I’m sure there were times he received divine revelations from God but he also studied and researched written texts (Ecclesiastes 12:9-12). He spent many hours studying and researching just like today’s top leaders, researchers, authors and composers. Although God granted him wisdom and riches, he worked hard to obtain them.
It’s been said man may obtain knowledge, but God gives him the wisdom to use the knowledge. For example, man may have facts and data but with God’s wisdom he will know how to effectively use the data.
Solomon diligently worked to create a great life for himself and earned the right to boast about his accomplishments.
I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.
I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.
I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.
I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.
So, I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also, my wisdom remained with me.
Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor. (Ecclesiastes 2:4-10)
After boasting about his accomplishments, this famous accomplished artist, engineer, botanist and zoologist encouraged readers to remember their (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 6).
He advised them to remember God in their youth but especially before the silver cord is loosed (before they die) and the Spirit (breath) God gave (loaned) them returned to him. (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)
It’s O.K. to acknowledge your accomplishments, Paul did it in the New Testament; saying He worked harder than All of the other apostles, but he quickly acknowledged that God helped him. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
So, acknowledge your accomplishments or even boast about them but don’t leave God out. For your mental capacities are in his hands (Daniel 4:28). As a matter of fact, your very breath comes from him and he can take it back when He wants to. (Luke 12:16-21).
Although Luke 12:16-21 is a parable, it highlights a sharp contract between Solomon and the rich man. Both built good lives for themselves both decided to enjoy their lives, eating, drinking and being merry. One remembered God the other did not. (Strong’s Bible Dictionary says remember is to be mindful).
It appears to be a simple matter of choice, as you go about your life, making a name for yourself, building great businesses, curing diseases, developing life changing technologies, solving the world’s problems, be mindful of God.
It’s not God or man or science verses God. It’s God and Man, God and science working together to make the world a better place.