God and the UPS Truck
I’ll bet you never thought you could find God in the UPS truck. When I look at the UPS truck, I don’t see anything special. It’s just a box that carries boxes. Quaint if you ask me. Nevertheless, there is great theology there. Yes, even in something as mundane as the UPS truck.
I see the UPS truck as a deep forest green. Pretty color really. It’s attractive because it reminds me of God’s creation. I like the deep greens of a blue spruce. The color of the truck is quite appealing when you think about it. What color is the UPS truck, really?
People tell me the truck is brown. That’s not a good color for flora. My son sees the UPS truck as green, I see it as green and I know others who see it as green. I know I could find a million men that would say it’s green. That’s a much better color than, well, brown. If my son and a million others see the truck as green, and it is a far more pleasant color, can’t the truck be green? Nope, sorry Tim, the truck is brown. Get over it.
Admittedly, I have a condition that develops a color deficiency in my eyesight. My son has the same condition. It is very common among men. From what I can discover as a layman, the real issue is up for debate concerning the actual name of the condition. Still, there it is. I have a deficiency in my eyesight.
If I were to stand on this shaky ground and claim the truck is green, while I know I possess a deficiency, we would call that foolish. The fact is the UPS truck is brown. There is no relative truth here. I have presented this to a number of folks and some have said, “Well, if that’s the way you see it, I guess that’s your truth.” Is that what we have come to? People cannot stomach the truth. People lie to themselves creating their own little world. What if it’s a matter of life or death? “Oh, I don’t think I could survive a 100 foot drop, but really, if you believe you can do it, go right ahead…” That’s the kind of friend I want!
Ladies and gentlemen, there are absolute truths. We know that 2+2=4. We cannot make God into what we see is fitting or good. He is who He is, not what we want to make Him. We may not be able to see His true colors. In fact, without God’s help scripture tells us we cannot see Him as He is (John 3:3). All men have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). There is no man that is good or righteous, no, not one (Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:10). Our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things, no one can know what lies within them (Jeremiah 17:9). As an eye condition denies the ability to see true colors, our souls’ wicked and deceitful condition denies us the ability to see God for who He really is. Our color vision is tainted by physical frailty; our vision of God is tainted by spiritual frailty.
If we know we are unable to see the real God on our own, we should go to a better source of information. According to the scriptures above, that source cannot be any one man or woman. The source needs to be independent of a single man or woman. The only source that qualifies is the Holy Bible. The Bible is the 27 New and 39 Old Testament books. Why only those? They were written by a collection of individuals over a span of 1500 or so years and inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21). They maintain theme continuity over the entire book. There are other greater proofs, too (another article).
The Bible reveals God’s colors. They are love (1 John 4:8, 16). God is gracious (2 Chronicles 30:9). God is good (Psalm 73:1; 1 Timothy 4:4). God is righteous and merciful (Psalm 116:5). God is just (Genesis 18:25). God is holy (Psalm 99:9; 1 Corinthians 3:17). God is light (1 John 1:5) and man cannot comprehend Him (John 1:5).
No one can comprehend God. He is holy and He calls us to holiness (Leviticus 20:7; 1 Peter 1:15–16). His interests do not include religion. God is interested in establishing a personal relationship with you. However, because of His holiness the relationship must meet certain conditions. He values you more than any creature He created (Isaiah 44:2; Luke 12:7). He proved this when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for you, even while you were yet a sinner (Romans 5:8).
The UPS truck is brown. I know that because I consulted people that can see brown, because I know I cannot see browns. The God of Heaven exists. His names include Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, the Father, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I know this because I consulted the only reference proven reliable, the Holy Christian Bible. You too can find the true colors of God if you search His words. He’s calling you.