Three quotes. Today I have been looking at what is going on, and I see the idiocy turned up to 11 as the fantasy that we can use solar and wind to heat ourselves through winter is proven false. (NZ is an exception. We have hydro. But I always ensure that I have two or three ways to heat. The best time to sort out your winter fuel is in summer).
The left are claiming all kinds of stuff such as climate change, but ignoring the disaster that their policies has bought. We expect that. And we walk away from their poison, an choose instead to look for God.
An AWAKENING does not come as a tsunami, but rather like drips of water. When enough drips of water flow, a small stream forms, then tributaries form from the original stream. Soon there are so many streams that they converge into a large river. The river begins to flood because of the persistent drips of water feeding all the streams, which now have become a streams as well. Soon the preponderance of the many streams creates a massive flood. The flood creates a lake, then the lake becomes so large it takes form as an ocean and covers the whole earth. Those who are defiant, guilty and evil will try to stop the flood, but they can not stop it, because it is too massive. Many will see the flood and join in to help build boats. There is safety in the boats. The rising tide will lifts all boats who are searching for the right course. Those who tried to stop the flood, will perish. There will be many who simply did not pay attention to the flood, and were swept away as well. But be assured there will plenty of boats to rescue you. We won't let you drown. Build a boat and get on board, the streams are roaring and nothing can stop it. #TheGreatAwakeningIsUponUs
So to theology. There are things that the left hate, and one of them is the family, for the family should be fertile. It has taken a few generations of propaganda for women to seek hfulfilment not in those who love them, but in money. Money does not love you. The marketers of clothes, perfume, cosmetics and cars don't love you.
But your children will love you.
5 However, since the names of “Father” and “Son” follow on a generation, Scripture has not been silent about the very name of “divine generation.” For in the Psalm (2:7), as was said, one reads: “This day have I begotten You.” And Proverbs (8:24-2.5): “The depths were not as yet and I was already conceived: before the hills I was brought forth”; or, according to another reading: “Before all the hills did the Lord beget me.” And Isaiah (66:9, 8) also says: “Shall not I that make others to bring forth… Myself bring forth, says the Lord? Shall I that give generation to others be barren, says the Lord your God?”
We grant that one can say that this text must be related to the multiplication of the children of Israel returning from captivity into their own country, because earlier this is said: “Zion has been in labour and has brought forth her children.” But this does not defeat our purpose. For, however the essence of it be adapted, the essence of it which is given from the voice of God remains fixed and stable thus: If He Himself grants generation to others, He is not sterile. Nor would it become Him who makes others generate truly to generate Himself not truly but by a likeness. For a thing must he more nobly in its cause than in that which is caused, as was shown. Again, it says in John (1:14): “We saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only-begotten of the Father”; and later: “The only-begotten Son ho is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared him” (1:18). And Paul says: “And again when He brings his first-begotten into the world He says: ‘And let all the angels of God adore Him’” (Heb. 1:6).
Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Tolkien wrote, before my generation, an essay on subcreation. he was talking about the development of fairy tale, myth, fiction, and heroic legend. He noted that these worked as they reflected the work of the creator in making us. God is our father, and a good father.
Fathers, compared with sons, are experienced. I've just linked to a post from Jack which refers to the generation making rules while I was growning up. I've been living with those rules all my adult life. And so I do things in a way that allows me and Kea to survive. Experience helps, and young people don't understand at times why. This is real, but it is also an analogy: God knows all, has all power, and organized things for our good, though we don't know it.
I would add, as a Dad, the hardest thing but the most needful is to not rescue your kids from the consequences of their errors.
2. No man, therefore, will duly and usefully ponder on the providence of God save he who recollects that he has to do with his own Maker, and the Maker of the world, and in the exercise of the humility which becomes him, manifests both fear and reverence. Hence it is, that in the present day so many dogs tear this doctrine with envenomed teeth, or, at least, assail it with their bark, refusing to give more license to God than their own reason dictates to themselves. With what petulance, too, are we assailed for not being contented with the precepts of the Law, in which the will of God is comprehended, and for maintaining that the world is governed by his secret counsels? As if our doctrine were the figment of our own brain, and were not distinctly declared by the Spirit, and repeated in innumerable forms of expression! Since some feeling of shame restrains them from daring to belch forth their blasphemies against heaven, that they may give the freer vent to their rage, they pretend to pick a quarrel with us. But if they refuse to admit that every event which happens in the world is governed by the incomprehensible counsel of God, let them explain to what effect Scripture declares, that "his Judgments are a great deep," (Ps. 36:7). For when Moses exclaims that the will of God "is not in heaven that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us? Neither is it beyond the sea that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea and bring it unto us?" (Deut. 30:12, 13), because it was familiarly expounded in the law, it follows that there must be another hidden will which is compared to " a great deep." It is of this will Paul exclaims, "O! the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his Judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?" (Rom. 11:33, 34). It is true, indeed, that in the law and the gospel are comprehended mysteries which far transcend the measure of our sense; but since God, to enable his people to understand those mysteries which he has deigned to reveal in his word, enlightens their minds with a spirit of understanding, they are now no longer a deep, but a path in which they can walk safely--a lamp to guide their feet--a light of life--a school of clear and certain truth. But the admirable method of governing the world is justly called a deep, because, while it lies hid from us, it is to be reverently adored. Both views Moses has beautifully expressed in a few words. "Secret things," saith he, "belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever," (Deut. 29:29). We see how he enjoins us not only studiously to meditate on the law, but to look up with reverence to the secret Providence of God. The Book of Job also, in order to keep our minds humble, contains a description of this lofty theme. The author of the Book, after taking an ample survey of the universe, and discoursing magnificently on the works of God, at length adds, "Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him?" (Job 26:14). For which reason he, in another passage, distinguishes between the wisdom which dwells in God, and the measure of wisdom which he has assigned to man (Job 28:21, 28). After discoursing of the secrets of nature, he says that wisdom "is hid from the eyes of all living;" that "God understandeth the way thereof." Shortly after he adds, that it has been divulged that it might be investigated; for "unto man he said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom." To this the words of Augustine refer, "As we do not know all the things which God does respecting us in the best order, we ought, with good intention, to act according to the Law, and in some things be acted upon according to the Law, his Providence being a Law immutable," (August. Quest. lib. 83 c. 27). Therefore, since God claims to himself the right of governing the world, a right unknown to us, let it be our law of modesty and soberness to acquiesce in his supreme authority regarding his will as our only rule of justice, and the most perfect cause of all things,--not that absolute will, indeed, of which sophists prate, when by a profane and impious divorce, they separate his justice from his power, but that universal overruling Providence from which nothing flows that is not right, though the reasons thereof may be concealed.
John Calvin Instututes Book One Chapter 17
The chives we face are binary. On one side, indulge yourself. Cheap clothes, food, relationships, faith without any repentance, cheap grace. The storms of life will come and you will be tested.
Or repent. Cleave to your wife. Aim for quality, not shiny or pretty in your possessions. Undersand modesty, prudence... and charity. Live for Christ and for each other. Have enough saved you can walk away.
And leave no room for the spirit of this age and its mass media. They want your attention to sell it to those who would exploit you. Trust instead God, who works for good for those who love him and are called by his good purpose.