Monday, September 19, 2011

Kibitzing God

Do you know what God did yesterday? That's right. We don't know. We can't know.
God is working His plan perfectly, and we must live by faith, secure in the knowledge that God works all things out.
It is quite the guessing game among some to attempt to 'divine' the intents of God. They would jump up and object to the term 'divination'...but there you go.
These some suggest that any nation acting against Israel, for example, will result in condemnation and God's judgement arriving quickly on the doorstep of the offensive nation. Touch Israel and you touch the apple of God's eye. And then you die.
In general, they are right. But in the specific, in the suggestion that doing "THIS" will result in "THAT"...they are attempting to divine the undivinable, to kibitz God's actions and motivations.
Three of Job's four friends thought that they knew the reason for Job's hardships: 'he must have some secret, un-repented sin' for God to afflict him so greatly. They were kibitzing God's motivation, and they were 100% wrong. They were the ones who ended up repenting, asking Job to intercede for them with God.
Look at Luke 13:1-5
1Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 
2And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 
 3“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 
4“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 
5“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

 The 'some present', if I read the context correctly, were asking Jesus about God's motivation for allowing the massacre of those Galileans-were they being punished for their sins? Was it God's judgement?
Jesus brings them face to face with the Gospel: 3“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." 
This Friday the Pale Stinians are going to submit their application to the United Nations for membership.
I haven't read much about this, but I assume that they will declare Jerusalem their capital, claiming as much of Israel as they think they can get away with. 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is just a few years removed from being Arafat's puppet-he is the 'President' of imaginary "Palestine" the same way that Al Capone was once Mayor of Chicago. 
Here's where the "doing "THIS" will result in "THAT" breaks down: It may not be in God's plan for "Palestine" to be judged quickly. They may not suffer a tsunami, a hurricane or a plague of locusts simply because they poke their finger in the apple of God's eye.
"The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil." God may (and I say MAY, as I cannot divine the Divine) be using Palestine to refine Israel. If so, Palestine will remain a tool in God's hand until He is done with it. THEN comes the Judgement.
Bottom line: we can't determine with any accuracy what God is doing-if we could, we would be God. We know for certain that He glorifies Himself through His Creation. The particulars are up to God.

1 comment:

Doug said...

It had been nearly two weeks since my past post-I have plenty to say, but not always time to climb up on my soapbox.