“And Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel; for Cain killed him.”
And to Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD,” Genesis 4:25-26.
After the original transgression in the Garden, the corruption of mankind continued on a downward spiral. The Lord created man to be free, and He would let man go his own way. Yet, in His unfathomable compassion, He continued to bless them and help them as much as He could. The Lord knew the end from the beginning, and from the beginning He planned and prepared for man’s ultimate redemption and restoration from his sin.
All of God’s ways are so much higher than man’s that we will be spending eternity learning about Him. He stretched out the galaxies like a curtain, with billions upon billions of stars in each one. He set the earth in such a tiny slice of orbit that if we deviated just the equivalent of one-eighth of an inch over a one hundred-mile distance we would either freeze or fry. He set the earth on a tilting axis so that the seasons would change, alternately melting the ice so that it would not wobble out of its orbit. Then He set the moon and other planets in their appointed orbits so that their gravitational pulls would perfectly stabilize the earth. If any of these things changed, the earth would quickly drift out of its orbit and all life would perish.
Scientists have conceded that if the power of all of the computers in the world were added together, they could not compute the odds that all of this just happened by accident. When we begin adding the extraordinary balance of nature needed on the planet to sustain life, we know that the mind of God is far, far beyond our ability to comprehend. When we look at the heavens, the whole earth is but a speck of dust, like a single grain of sand to the oceans. King David wondered:
“When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4.
God not only considers man, but He has chosen to dwell with man. For some incomprehensible reason, He loves us. He even loved us enough to empty Himself and become one of us for our salvation. As much as He can without violating the freedom that He gave us, He fixes our mistakes and blesses us even though most of the time we do not even know it. Eve may have been deceived by the serpent, but she realized that it was the Lord who gave her another son.
After Enosh was born, we are told that it was then men began to call upon the name of the Lord. The Hebrew word for “call” that is used here is qara, which indicates more than just calling out to Him. It also implies that they began “proclaiming,” or “acknowledging,” the Lord. This is the beginning of our return to the light. To not see God in creation is a profound delusion, a darkness so deep that it is an intellectual black hole. A black hole is a term used for anomalies in space that have such a gravitational pull that even light cannot escape them. Men have in our times fallen into such intellectual depravity that they cannot acknowledge God, even though the scientific evidence that He exists is so overwhelming. Even so, from the beginning, there has always been some who would proclaim Him.
Man can fall into the deepest depravity, but if he still has enough light to call upon the name of the Lord, he can be saved. The incomprehensible love of God will not reject anyone who turns to Him, just as we are promised in Acts 2:21: “And it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is repeated and elaborated on in Romans 10:12-14:
“…the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
The Lord is “abounding in riches for all who call upon Him.” These are the true riches of the kingdom — the truth and the knowledge of God’s ways. We are also told that others cannot believe without a preacher. How can we who have been blessed with such great riches not proclaim Him?
To “call upon the name of the Lord” is more than just praying to Him, it is also to proclaim Him. How can we not share in the unlimited wealth that comes from the knowledge of His ways if we have been touched by His love?
~ Pastor Rick Joyner
|Pastor Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church.|