Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. -- Isaiah 1:18
Thursday, October 17, 2013
God's Got It
We are not pawns in game of life, as Mongo would say. We should stop and think about the significance of this statement by Jehovah. He is willing to reason with us, to communicate with and try to understand us. He calls upon us to tell Him how our lives are advancing, where we are, what we need. He offers us an opportunity to have the past redeemed -- not changed in the sense of undone, but changed in significance and made holy because of where it carries us.
Gagdad has been dealing with the idea of God operating in process as opposed to having everything determined beforehand, that God perhaps restricts His omniscience to past and present. The future is determined not by God’s foreknowledge but by His intention which is determined by His Nature. We know, to some extent, where we are headed when we know God. The future is Christ.
Let’s consider what Paul says: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17) By this Paul means freedom from the bondage of the old fallen Adamic nature, but what good is liberty, what is liberty apart from the capacity to exercise and enjoy it?
To me, the centrality of prayer in Judeo-Christian practice indicates that all is not determined. Saying that God is in control is not the same as saying, “Que sera sera”. God is not the Man Who Knows Too Much, though that is exactly how He is pictured by many. What we mean is that God may do as He pleases consistent with His character and the laws He has established in dealing with Creation. He will accomplish that which He intends. Neither man nor any other being or power is capable of thwarting the Divine purpose. God is in control.
He had to carry Jonah to the bottom of the sea in a whale’s gut, but He got that hard-headed soul to Nineveh. He sent Philip to an unscheduled meeting with an Ethiopian eunuch. He arranged for combatively kosher Cephas to have a BLT with a Gentile named Cornelius. He got Paul to Rome on the Emperor’s denarius. Right now, this day, God, in unknown ways, in the hearts of the most unlikely people, is working out and reconciling what happened yesterday with His goal – to bring us all into that one new race of men in the kingdom.