Perspectives

Oooo! That’s a biggie.  How can there be a God when there is so much chaos and hatred, sickness and backbiting, murdering and raping, and all forms of evil shenanigans?  Well, I believe we first must answer two other questions:

1. If the only way we will believe in God is when all of the bad stuff is gone, where will our free will be?

2. What part do we, as humans, play in all of the aforementioned conditions? 

 

                                     In America, we are proud of our democracy.  We are proud of the fact that we, the                                      people, run the country.  To use a brand name, the U.S. is FUBU, For Us By Us.  We                                      are proud of the fact that this is the land of the free.  We even have it in our laws                                          that we will fight to keep these freedoms.  Our Constitution’s preamble states, “We                                        the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish                                          Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the                                        general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,                                      do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” 

So, why is it when we are referring to God, we act like we want Him to take all of our freedoms away?  And He would have to control our every moment to make sure we always had the right ideas, made the right decisions, and committed the right actions. 

Yet, Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (KJV) speaks of the free will God gives us and how He wants us to decide to follow His directions to have a wonderful life, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life…”  He wants us to choose to follow Him!  

 

God would derive no pleasure from controlling us as marionettes

John 14:15 (NASB) states, “If you love Me, you will keep My

commandments.”  God is stating again, “You have free will, and

if you love me, prove it.  I’m not going to make you.”  Check this. 

Which do you prefer? Someone giving you a hug because they

love you, and wish to express that love, or someone who gives            marionette        

you a hug because they are forced to, but they don't love you? 

 

 

Still, God is in pain when we do not follow His wishes and plan. God loves us and wants us to be happy and successful. Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) and Isaiah 48:18 (KJV) pleads, “For I know the plans I have for you,…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea…”

However, God is accepting of us making mistakes and errors, because of this free will.  Romans 3:23-24 (NIV) even quiets our fears by stating, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”  This allows us to live freely within His arms.

                                          Our God is good to us because He gives us free will.  He does not have to, but                                             He does.  We learn from the ill advised choices and celebrate the correct                                                     choices. Unfortunately, for us to maintain a most cherished and precious                                                       attribute as free will, we must put up with those that will not make wise, good,                                             and just choices.  This brings about murders, rapes, lies, thieving, and a litany of

                                          other horrors.  This brings me to the second question: What part do we, as                                                   humans, play in all evil tomfoolery?

 

Because of our free will, most of the evildoing in the world is caused by us.  I can hear the interjection, “What about the devil?”  I have always been taught, the devil can try to influence, but the decision is still ours.  James 4:7, Ephesians 4:27, and 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) instructs, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  And give no opportunity to the devil.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  Even in the Garden of Eden,

the devil talked to Eve, and she submitted.  Eve talked to Adam, and he

submitted.  We all have free will.  Do not submit to the devil!

 

Now, the devil is real, and he must be confronted, but not alone. 

Ephesians 6:11-12 (ESV) “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

People, God protects us where we need protecting.  Begrudgingly, the devil submits to God.  Think about Job.  Satan knew God protected Job, and he could not harm Job.  God trusted Job’s faith in Him.  So, God gave Satan permission to try Job.  Yes, God had to give his OK before Satan could prescribe anything bad to happen to Job.  However, God put a condition on the trial.  Job 1:12 (NKJV) “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”  Satan destroyed Job’s property, possessions, and family.  Satan finally caused painful sores to cover Job’s body.  (EXTRA: Who we are is not what we have.  We have good jobs,  comfortable houses, modest cars, large families, and beautiful bodies.  However, that is not what we are.  We are the spirit which resides within.)  God protected Job’s spirit from being harmed, even when everything else was taken away.  So, the devil will cause some chaos in the world trying to distract us from the power and love of God, but we do not have to give in to the father of lies.

 

 

 

Now, has anything I have written                                                      In the end, "God is a spirit: and they

proved that there is a God,                                                               that worship him must worship him in

for those that believe if there was                                                     spirit and in truth," John 4:24 (KJV).

a God he would prevent bad things

from happening?  Hmmm?                                                               You must have faith to believe in God. 

 

 

 

 

There is a hymn by the Booth Brothers called Try Jesus.   The second verse begs:

 

If you ever needed someone to lay down their life for you………Try Jesus

If you ever need a healer when the doctor walks away………Friend Try Jesus

And if you never thought you’d have the strength to face another day………Try Jesus

If you ever needed someone to walk with you to the end………Try My Jesus

And if you ever need to hear the words “I forgive you” again………Try Jesus

 

Try Jesus. He never fails.                      We all need something larger than ourselves

Try Jesus when the doubts assail.          in which to believe.  Instead of believing in

Try Jesus. He never fails.                      the Illuminati, the Freemasons, or the Bloods,

If you ever need a friend.                      try Jesus.  He may just be what you need.

Try Jesus.                                            

 

This is one perspective.  What’s yours?

6/30/17

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