(Not) all there is

Acts 12:18-25: On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes...and delivered a public address to them. The people kept shouting, "The voice of a god, and not of a mortal!" And immediately, because he had not given the glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down...
The book Thinking, Fast and Slow describes the instinct to rely on intuitive thinking, not on evidence. The author says that, “jumping to conclusions on the basis of limited evidence” is so important and prevalent that he uses an abbreviation: WYSIATI. (what you see is all there is)
Since we follow a transcendent, unseen God, we must practice seeing what does not appear in physical form. In a universe created by a good and gracious God, why does evil thrive? Why do greedy and self-centered people always seem to be winning? Why do so many good, faithful people suffer in this world? Don’t those facts add up to ‘evidence’ of God’s indifference to us?
The people saw King Herod as having “the voice of a god, and not of a mortal.” Scripture tells us, though, that he was “struck down,” punished “because he had not given the glory to God.” Cosmic cause-and-effect took place immediately, and an arrogant, cruel human suffered conspicuously for his sins.
Life rarely comes so neatly packaged. Still, I believe in a powerful and loving God, no matter how much I see evil deeds rewarded.
I live with joy, knowing that what I see is not all there is.
Psalm 38; 1 Samuel 20:1-23; Mark 2:13-22
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