July 15, 2016

Psalm 94:8-9 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does he who implanted the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?

Logic works only when you accept the basic premise, or more fundamentally, when the basic premise is correct. The biggest reason people stubbornly maintain atheism is that the moment they accept that they are created beings, they are faced with the logic of this passage. They don’t like to accept that God hears and sees everything about them, and that they are accountable to Him. Actually, the average person doesn’t think so deeply about it, but simply ignores God. That is foolish too! If we are created beings, then it follows that we were created with purpose and intent, and the wisest course is to try to find out what that purpose is. Paul put it very succinctly in Ephesians 2:10. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” In other words, we are created as God’s agents to accomplish His purposes. Since He is a good God, love to His very essence, (1 John 4:8) then it follows that the purposes He wants to accomplish through us are good and loving. The problem, from our standpoint, in saying that is that we often don’t understand love. Hebrews 12 goes on at some length about how discipline is love. In other words, love is not all candy and flowers. With our finite understanding we fail to see what God is doing, so this is where faith and trust come in. We need to be convinced that God indeed knows what is going on, that He is not passive, and that He is going to work everything out in the end. If we have that conviction, then we will keep ourselves available to God for whenever and however He wants to use us, and we will have joyful anticipation of His plans being fulfilled.

I will never forget the time I was lying in bed, not consciously praying but thinking, “There are so many things I wish were different.” God totally surprised me by speaking directly to my spirit, so clearly that it might as well have been out loud: “How do you think I feel?” Such a revelation might seem extra-Biblical to some, but it is right in line with Hebrews 2:8. “In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.” This is the age of human free will, and in some ways the results are horrific. What I think God was telling me was never to think that God is satisfied with the current state of things; He is continuing to work toward the perfection that He planned from the beginning. My job is to rest, relax, and rejoice, listening obediently to Him and allowing His power to operate through me, for the blessing of many and for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Courtesy of modern media, we are constantly bombarded with information exposing how less-than-ideal the world is at the moment. Help me indeed be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to You, so that Your peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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