There’s a reality show on television in Indonesia called “Hitam Putih” or “Black & White”. Our life has more than two colors, it’s colorful. It means that each one of us have our own experiences. In this short article, I will share the colorfulness of life, its cause, purpose, and how to respond it align with God’s words.
The Forms of Life
In the Bible, the colorfulness of life shown in the lives of good people in the Old and New Testament. Shortly, we can witness bunch of people’s experiences in the Old Testament through Hebrews 11, which are:
- Abel killed by his brother, Cain, because he brought God a better offering than Cain did (verse 4). The color of Abel’s life: persecuted as a righteous man.
- Noah, built an ark to save his family even though he warned about things not yet seen, which is God’s plan to condemn the world with the flood (verse 7). The color of Noah’s life: He’s prepared to be misunderstood because of his faith.
- Abraham, he waited for God’s promises to enable Sarah to bear children and experienced a great deal of dilemma where God asks him to offer Isaac, his one and only son (verse 8-19). The color of Abraham’s life: ready to bear the risk because of his faith.
- Moses accepted a formidable task to lead God’s chosen people out of Egypt (verse 23-29). The color of Moses’s life: an excessive burden as a leader.
- Gideon, Samuel, David, and the other names also have a very mixed color of life (verse 32-40).
In the New Testament, there was John the Baptist who beheaded as a martyr because he preached the gospel, by King Herod’s cruelty (Matthew 14: 1-12). Then there was a woman who struggled for her sickness, so he touched the edge of His cloak (Matthew 9: 20-22). There was also Nicodemus who longed to be saved but bound and burdened by religious life (John 3:1-21). A Samaritan woman who hid from people for her condition, but then God restored her life (John 4). There was Stephen, people stoned him because he testify for the Lord (Acts 7:54-60), and many more.
From the stories along with our experiences, we know that life is full of joy and sorrow, lack and abundance, cries and laughter, storm and serenity, etc.
Cause and Purpose
Why is our life colorful? The Bible set out some reasons: first, God created it: seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night (Genesis 8:22). Second, there’s free will that God has put to humans when He creates us (Genesis 1:26-28). It’s unfortunate when Adam and Eve, misuse it by defying God’s will, when it supposed to bring God’s glory. Third, balance and harmony. It’s like a song. There’re different notes and even minor chords. But when it all combines, will form a beautiful song.
Meanwhile, the colorfulness of life also have purposes: first, God works all those colors for the good of those who love Him, to be a beautiful rainbow of life (Romans 8:28). Second, with all of those colors, the human can share their personal life experience to inspire others, to be a wiser human being.
by: peter freshman