Only one adequate plan has ever appeared in the world, and that is the Christian dispensation.
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Wednesday's Word: If I Were God

Wednesday's Word

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

If I Were God

Today’s thoughts come from a conversation I had with my son about his "ponderings" after a Youth Night event.
He’d asked if I’d remembered about the time I gave him several blocks of modeling clay. He continued about how he was making little human figures and thought about God and said “If I was God, and I made a bunch of people out of clay and they didn’t obey me, I would just ball them up and start over.” I smiled and said “Yep, most of us would.”
It’s not the kind of thing that we talk about much but if we’re being totally honest, most of us see exactly where we would do things different if we were God.
When most of us think of being GOD, we think of boundless POWER and what that power can be used for in light of the way we see life and death. If we were 'in charge', we'd use power to make rainbows(daily). With a wave of our hands, no one would ever get sick or die, or be sorrowful.

We'd use power to force justice without delay: Anyone who displays ‘selfish’ characteristics would be dealt with in the swiftly. OR even the grace of swift prevention - Every bad thought or beginnings of a regrettable action would be interrupted with the loving coercion “…not a good idea, loved one.”
Nature and life would be, to put it plainly, “in sync”. Rain would come when necessary, but pleasantly warm and enjoyable all other times. All Godly power would just be used to make all things groovy.

We'd make sure to have plenty of face to face conversations just to reassure - “Everything is wonderful, you guys are great! Keep doing what you’re doing.” Because we know all too well how often we feel compressed, confused and cloistered, thinking “How can this be (or lead to any) good?”

However, since we know this is not the world we live in, God’s power becomes the thing people question when things go contrary to how we would have them.

Follow these thoughts to conclusion and see that there are reasons to rejoice! As I responded to my son, I said “What if God’s plan wasn’t simply to make people to obey Him, but to make people who wanted to obey Him and who could appreciate Him on a way deeper level than one of behavioral modification(action and reward)?” What would it take to make clay beings learn to give and receive love? This would mean that even when people are disobedient and should be simply 'balled up', God’s plan is not done.

Here’s The Word;

Philippians 2:5(b) - 8 Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In this, I find an amazing thing in God. The fact that He is surely, fully aware of his 'all powerfulness', the solution He chose to work didn't involve exercising more power but less. He set aside power for something different; humility. What would make an omnipotent God CHOOSE suffering and grief? Obviously obedience isn't the only thing God has planned for us. It's deeper than that.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

When entertaining these thoughts, I see that my mind is extremely short sighted. My ability to fix things as God only works when I also assume that I know fully what His plans and purposes are….of which I have to humbly admit, I don’t.

Psalm 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Psalm 86:5 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

And again, I rejoice! I do know that God reserves the right to be the ALL POWERFUL Resolve when He sees fit and He does have a plan to ultimately oust evil, but I’m also thankful for a God who is compassionate and understanding of all of our insufficient strengths and abundant weaknesses. A Sovereign God humbled Himself to a degree far beyond us in order to not just save us, but to teach us love and to prepare a saved people to become a gift for His Son, a Bride to presented at the end of the age.

Always remember, we have an approachable God. We wish He would visit or speak to us more but He never stops His children from coming to Him. He says 'Come boldly' (Hebrews 4:16) and 'Keep yourselves in the love of God' (Jude 1:21)

1 John 4: 9 - 12 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Only God knows how good, GOOD is as well as how bad, BAD is. He's not provoked into forfeiting His plans as a reaction to either. The Eternal state will be glorious and will arrive in His timing, but what's happening now is obviously indivisible from His plans. In my mind, I see God using power to restrain His power - I can't say that I'd "see it through" in the same way If I were God.

In Him,


Blogger Paul Singleton said...

I have a friend who insist on blaming God for the evil that is done and specifically creating the Devil. I remember the song by Mary J. Blige, "Real Love". Why is it that just because God is all powerful, knowing the beginning to the end, he/she doesn't deserve real love. Is it so much to think that God would want what any human walking this earth would want. I'm sure that Christ in his infinite wisdom, played out the course of making a world where he was totally authoritarian and concluded its not worth the time or worthy of the Father. Unfortunately, some will never buy "Free-Will". Just like those who are up in arms about those who want acknowledge the National Anthem. Some are threatening Kaepernick's life over his demonstration. Coercion will not make him love this country any more than he already does, in fact it will only make him love it less. The God head is totally cool with those who choose to deny them; Christ even died on the Cross for them knowing they would never accept him- even for those who spat on and beat him that same day. But shouldn't we trust an all knowing God to mead out justice eventually. Even for those who's lives are cut short. I think a major contributor for this lack of love and trust for the Creator is this belief of immediate judgement at death. It takes some mental gymnastics to believe that God is all loving, yet punishing a meager man in hell while Satan gets to not only Run the punishment but also roam free to tempt more occupants. God is all loving and shall be vindicated at the judgement.

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