Most likely the first question on your mind is who is “HE”? Answering this should make the answer to these questions themselves self-evident…
The “HE” I speak of is God Himself, thus HE knows everything and has always known it!
Those who believe in God agree He is omniscient – all knowing. This is somewhat confirmed in Ephesians 1:4-6
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In order to say this, God would have to have knowledge predating the existence of every person before and since this was written at the very least. From this scripture alone I can extrapolate the idea that He knows all about current and future events. No one and nothing is hidden from Him. There is no “pulling the wool” over HIS eyes! What does this mean to us in the hear and now?
The best thing any of us can do is trust in Him.
Nobody on this planet could have predicted 2020 and yet God Almighty KNOWS not only what is going on now – he knew it would happen this way and HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. What does all this mean? He doesn’t care? We are stuck? We have no choice? None of the above.
Consider any recent show you watched. Tell me the main character made some foolish choice. I don’t know about you but I tend to yell at the screen. “Don’t pick that murder weapon up!” “Do go in there!” Why? Because I can predict what will happen and so can you. It is all part of the drama. We also know what would happen if our urgings were followed – better outcomes. Yet, there they go! Doing exactly the opposite of what they should and… don’tchaknowit they got into trouble.
Of course in drama, the script is written and all goes according to the script. There is no changing anything. However life is not scripted. The scenes are set but the choices are ours. Our lives are more like an interactive story than a movie. The outcome depends on the choices we make. Our Heavenly Father already knows what these choices will be and how it all turns out and yes, sometimes He DOES intervene. I do not know the hows, whys or rules for Godly intervention. I just know it happens.
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;”
Shakespeare, As You Like It (you won’t see me quoting him often!)
“there are no small parts, only small actors.” Konstantin Stanislavski
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
While I often do not always know if what I am doing is exactly what my Heavenly Father wants from me, I DO know I am here for a reason. God does nothing without purpose. And I know no matter how badly I miss the mark – God Almighty knows this too… and HE has my back. This is why I keep going even when I’m wondering if ANYBODY actually even reads anything I write, much less acts upon it. For all I know every ripple I cause is overwhelmed by someone else’s big splash. It doesn’t matter. As long as I feel I’m doing what my Heavenly Father either wants or allows me to do… I’ll do it. My part in all of this may be just the guy in the back washing dishes. Nobody really sees him but you can hear him doing his part. So be it. God knows. And He knows I continually ask to do His Will. This is foremost in my prayers. In the absence of any absolute clarity on His Will, I will do what I feel is best. I can do no more. What about you?
In a future article I intend to explore more of what I’ve learned about God’s Will in my life. Here’s a hint. The deeper I get the more I realize the most important things are the simplest… and often the hardest.
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
You’ll find a wealth of instruction on doing God’s Will in this chapter of Galatians. As a matter of fact, scripture is filled with it. We tend to wring our hands trying to determine if God wants us do one thing or another while ignoring the simplest concepts.
This same idea goes for the plight of our nation – our Constitutional Republic. We’ve worked ourselves into a frenzy about this party or that, this candidate for such and such an office vs another candidate. All the while we overlook the basic facts. We ARE citizens endowed with the power and authority to govern ourselves. This power and authority comes from God Almighty Himself. With this comes stewardship – the responsibility to actually participate and oversee the structures put in place to handle day to day operations and steer them away from things government has no business in.
We’ve taken the simple building blocks handed to us and have built a monstrous behemoth that threatens to engulf us all. The result is chaos and confusion, with lots of help from the controllers we’ve allowed to assert themselves and profit from our own negligence.
Now there are riots and a near total disregard for any rule of law. This should come as no surprise – the basic rule of law – our constitution – has long been washed over with things like “public policy”. We need not enter a civil war. Civil wars are intended to replace a current government structure with a new one. We do not need this. What we do need is to dismantle the behemoth. Rid ourselves of all of the unconstitutional perks and programs we’ve bought with “public” money. Monies better left in the hands of citizens free to prosper.
I am confident God Almighty knows how all this will turn out. While He may not be urging us all to accept my particular viewpoint on things, I’d like to think my compass is pointed in the right direction. If not, my prayer is for Him to right me when I stray off course.
If one cannot trust God ?Almighty, who or what can you trust? I cannot trust humans. Even our use of “science” is limited by human understanding. Certainly politicians should only be trusted to act in their own self-interest. Bluntly put, this goes for most people as well. Thanks but I can only trust my Heavenly Father. I trust that He knows the score, His plan is perfect and all will end well. I also trust His love for me and trust He will never fail me.
With everything happening all around us – such trust is indeed a comfort.