God sees all and knows all; He has His Plan, yet He still allows us to make our own choice concerning Him.
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my words of insight,
2 that you may maintain discretion
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
The only TRUE decision we have is the choice to receive God through Jesus Christ or reject Him. Jesus called the rejection of the Spirit’s call the unpardonable sin:
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit [when He comes calling] will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:31-32
At the same time, God takes all of everyone’s choices–even our everyday ones–and weaves them into His Greater Will, which He will bring to pass in His proper time. What we have to decide when making EVERY decision is whether or not to believe in His Greater Will.
- Do we really believe that He has our best interests at heart?
- Do we really believe that God controls the nations–even when they are “out of control?”
- Do we really believe that He will meet our every NEED (not desire, mind you) according to His Plan (rather than ours)?
What we forget (or ignore) is that His Plan involves us leaving this earth and going to Heaven to be with Him. Why do we fight it so? What is it about this earth that makes us want to fight to leave it?
My personal opinion is that we don’t know enough about where we are going to get excited about it. Let’s see:
- We’ll be in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
- We will have new bodies that won’t hurt or age!
- We’ll be will loved ones–both known and just met!
- Later, we will return with Jesus to reign with Him on this earth.
- We’ll get to explore God’s creation–to the utmost regions of space!*
To believe that God is Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omniscient (all-knowing) and Omnipresent (everywhere at once–even in time) and to act upon this belief in our daily lives is what faith is all about. When we try to “hedge our bets” or we turn to our own manipulations is idolatry–we have set something in place of God as first in our lives.
- Do we trust Him with our health?
- Do we trust Him with where we live, or with whom we live?
- Do we trust Him in HOW LONG we live, or the shape in which we will live?
- Do we trust Him with our finances? Lodging? Friends? Politics?
- Do we trust Him with our lives and our eternity?
It would seem that a God who would come to earth as one of us to die in our place and then rise again as God is worth trusting. Also, He has proven time and again that nothing gets by Him and that He promises that everything that happens to us, whether it is caused by us or other people’s bad choices, He works into the fabric of His Tapestry for our good–even if it means coming Home to Him.
Speaking of tapestries, there is a story of a man who had a vision of his life as God sees it: his life was the backside of a tapestry. There were threads going everywhere! It was very chaotic, and every color was present–even black, which represented dark times in his life. He asked God where He was during all of the chaos of his life. God, then, turned the tapestry over and there was a picture of the man, complete and whole, standing with His Savior.
God knows. God cares. God is working for our good. Do we believe Him? Enough to give Him our finances, our worries about our health, relationships, spouses (if you have one), children, jobs, and every other concern we might have? If we trust Him with today, we eventually will have trusted Him with our lives. Let’s find out all we can about Him in His Word. You’ll be glad you did.
Abba, thank You for revealing Yourself to me when I was six. It has been a wild ride! I have seen You work in my life time and again; I have heard Your voice everyday for 53 years–even though sometimes I ignored it. May I finish well. Use me as You see fit, O LORD. May I be of kingdom use! Amen.
*This assumption is based upon the plan that the barrier between our heavens and His heaven is erased (see Revelation 21) and all of heaven, which includes our universe, will then be available for us to explore.