Our Practical God!

Psalm 105:5
Remember the wonderful works that He has done,
his miracles, and the judgments He uttered.

The biblical view of revelation is refreshingly practical.  One of the many pathologies of modernity is that it is far too absorbed in theory.  The fatal words of so many of the ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries were “according to my calculations…”.  Marx had a shiny, perfect theory which he promised would bring heaven on earth.  It produced the largest pile of corpses in the history of the human race.  And, as it did so, theoreticians kept insisting that “according to their calculations” it was going to work, any day now.  Mao said the same.  So have the apostles of the sexual revolution.  So did Hitler.  So do the present-day theoreticians who say “Morality doesn’t matter so long as the economy is good.”  All these bright boys have a theory and all of them tell us our task as their disciples is to overlook the mounting bodies and social catastrophe and attend to the theory.  In contrast, biblical revelation says to look, not at theory, but at what God has actually done.  He can be trusted because what He says is true and what He does actually works.  He actually set Israel free from slavery.  He actually worked real miracles.  He actually healed broken lives and gave joy.  He actually rose from the dead.  This stuff happened, not in some cloud-cuckoo-land of theory, but in this world.  Today, thank God for His wonderful works and His solid, concrete and practical judgments.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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