Archive for August, 2010

when God works

August 19, 2010
going through the ditch

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God is sovereign.  He decides to intervene in a situation based on his own will.  He alone knows the ultimate results of any action and he alone is in the position to choose action or inaction.  But it seems there are two things that influence the likelihood of his intervention.

No Plan B – God is more likely to act when the situation is otherwise impossible. As Gideon went out to his famous battle with the Midianites and Amelekites, God said:

The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.” – Judges 7:2

God wasn’t willing to join the battle until Gideon reduced the size of his army from 22,000 to 300, making it unwinnable in any natural sense.  God does not want to share credit for the victory.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 say that God curses the man who trusts in man’s strength – either his own or someone else’s – but blesses the one who trusts in the Lord.  God acts when our hope is in him and him alone.

It’s His Choice – God is more likely to act when we submit to his sovereignty.  This includes submitting to the possibility that he may choose to not act.  The three Hebrew boys being thrown in to the fiery furnace testified to Nebuchadnezzar:

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. – Daniel 3:17-18

They put their fate completely in God’s hands.  “We know you can save us, now we’ll find out if you will save us.”

Jesus said it like this: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

My hands are off the wheel.  I trust your driving.  If you drive me into a ditch, I trust it’s the ditch I need to go through to get to the road I need to be on.

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August 9, 2010

The fact that this role is needed in a church is a testimony to how broken the “traditional” church model is