January 21st 2009

The Bathtub Test

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

Romans 1:22 KJ21
One story goes that during a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director,
“How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized?”
“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
“No,” said the Director.  “A normal person would pull the plug.  Do you want a bed near the window?”
Sometimes we overlook the obvious solution to a problem because we take certain things for granted.  Athiests, for example, look around for answers to how everything came into being, and grasp on evolution (spoon), the Big Bang Theory (teacup) or pure chance (bucket), when the obvious solution is staring them in the face everywhere they look (God).  Romans 1:20-23 says, “the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man,” 
Pull the plug!

Almighty God, the heavens declare your glory and the earth your handiwork.  Your thoughts and your ways are so much higher than man, that we say, like King David, “What is man that you are mindful of him?”  Especially since so many refuse to acknowledge your might and power.  We want to praise and exalt your name in all the earth as creator of all.  
Study by Nancy Silcox

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