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So, I’m a Star Wars junkie, #noshame.
And by far, my favorite characters are ranked in this order from 1 to 3:
- Darth Vader
But for the sake of this post, I’d like to focus on Yoda, because there are a few things he says that reminds me a few things of what God says in the Bible. One of the first things Yoda says to Luke in the clip is:
Luke had been searching for Yoda, Yoda, for reasons to difficult to explain, hid his identity from Luke for a bit. But only when Yoda revealed himself as the person Luke had been searching for, Luke was just shocked, because Yoda was right in front of him the whole time and he didn’t realize it.
Now, for the Scripture version of this:
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
How often do we find ourselves searching for God and not see Him? God certainly has a way of garnering our attention if He needs to be dramatic–look at what happened with Moses and the burning bush, Elijah on Mt. Carmel, and Jesus when he went fishing with his disciples. God knows that we’re foolish and sometimes can’t see such huge things that can jump out and bite us if they were any bigger, like Him. And even those who are searching for the things that God has, they discount Him because they don’t meet their expectations, just like Luke was constantly discounting Yoda up until Yoda revealed himself as the person that Luke had been searching for.
How many times have you seen God offer His help to you and out of your own selfish pride, swatted His hand away? Perhaps the biggest complaint that I hear people make about God is that He either doesn’t do enough or that He hasn’t done anything. Are you freaking kidding me? If you even understood half of what Christ did for you at the cross, you would bow down out of shame. God came down as Christ to redeem mankind out of it’s own sin and to provide a way to give them righteousness so that they may stand before God. God offers that as a free gift to us and all we have to do is accept it and follow the way Jesus lived–and we can stand before God without any shame because of what Christ did for us. Just like Luke, we tell God, “I don’t think so…” If you’re asking something of God, just remember Matthew 7:7:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Next thing of note that Yoda says:
This was a bit trickier to relate to Scripture, but I was able to figure it out 🙂 Take a look at Luke 9:46-48. The disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest. But Jesus shut them down quick. Luke in the movie was looking to become great and look to have adventures, Yoda with his quick quip was able to shut him down as well about what it would take to become great, and he had the wisdom to back it up. John the Baptist, in exalting Christ, said that Jesus must increase but John must decrease so as not to overshadow what Christ had come to do. We must humble ourselves and God will exalt us to the highest place, but we must show others why we consider God to be greater in our humility.
Next Yoda saying:
To put it plainly, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 says this:
“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
God shakes His head at us. We go to EVERY source for spiritual fulfillment in our lives, except Him. Why is that? I know the answer is sin, but even more unexplained is the reasoning why we’re willing to give everything else a try except God’s way. Is it because God provided the way and it’s His way or the highway? Ironically speaking with that kind of phrase, the highway leads to death according to Scripture, it’s the narrow less taken path that leads to life. But once again, it’s our pride to resist God and seek our own way to salvation, even though each and every other way will ultimately lead to the same result: FEELING EMPTY IN OUR SPIRITS.
Next Yoda Saying:
God offers an invitation through His Holy Spirit. It beckons us to come and seek the Lord and find that He is everything good for our spirits, and that He can both provide for our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. God asks that we come to Him, and see that He is good and His love endures forever.
Final Yoda Saying and it’s the reason for this post’s title:
In the book of James, it says to draw near to God and God will draw near to us. There is no going back. To put it even more plainly, God is all or nothing. There is no one foot in and one foot out. Yoda would plainly say it like this like he does in the movie:
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
If you stop following God, you will backslide, and God won’t come near you, for you are sinning. Remember, your body is a temple, and God dwells in it, but how can He if your life is filled with sin? Commit to God and God will commit to you, that is His promise.
Now, to lighten things up, I offer to you Bad Lip Reading’s video “Seagulls, Stop It Now” ENJOY!!!!