I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Times & Seasons. Actually, I kind of always think much about it. It’s probably one of my favorite topics..
There is only so much man can influence- with his actions, thoughts, decisions. There is only so far an idea will take you. Someone else might pick up from where you stopped, add/subtract/edit a bit and take it down a different path; but there is only so far that too will take him.
It is funny, how man (in the most general sense of the word: mankind) considers himself to be wise, innovative, revolutionary…and forgets His Maker. God cries. Is He not the very One who put ideas and all related discovered (misunderstood and ignored) thought-processes in man’s head? Is He not the One who blesses the work of man’s hands, increases it, prospers it? Not He the One who set laws and principles in place? Principles that existence must be governed by? Universal laws and rules such as “seedtime and harvest”; “cold and heat” or “night and day”? Principles such as Karma (“you reap what you sow”. a.k.a. “what goes around, comes around”)?
Is not God the One who determines the path of our lives? Apart from man’s only real power (volition, creativity and creation), there really isn’t much man has power over; for in the end: God’s (ultimate) plan and will prevail.
And then there is man; with sleepless nights over issues such as, When? When will I get married? When will I get that dream-job? When will I be promoted? Where are all the things I believed God for? Where is my husband? Where am I to settle down? It is good to ask questions, but we often ask more questions than we seek answers. We ask and ask, yet fail to take time out to listen. What is more, we ask without actually expecting an answer. Our complaints take the form of questions, these days. They are neither rhetoric questions, nor seriously meant points needing clarification. They are what they are: murmurs, cries, complaints. All stemming from the fact that we are impatient (time) and uncertain of our tomorrow (space); We lack knowledge and we lack trust.
There is a bit of steering man can do; a bit of which is inspired by God; most of which eventually drifts into wrong territories but one thing have I found out; namely that God’s invisible hand is in all things! It is in the good and the bad, the abominable and commendable, the forbidden and the acceptable. Why did she die? Why did it have to end this way? Why was I raped? Why are there wars, famines, droughts? Why is there so much destruction? While there are many things (issues, situations, circumstances) that were either (in)directly caused by man or could well have been prevented by him; the simple truth remains: If He absolutely did not want it, He would not have permitted it!
Please don’t get me wrong. This does not mean He wants or needs the bad, abominable, forbidden.. No, it simply means He permits it, because He has a plan and way of eventually turning it around for His own glory. Who are you to decide what eventually glorifies Him? He sees the end from the beginning; if He did not want it- He would not have let it be. We often forget our Lord is omniscient (all-wise), omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnipresent (ever-present). His invisible hand is there- in the affairs of men- to make sure everything and everyone remains in balance. (Balance being His notion of “according to plan/on track”.) His hand is there- in your affair.
In a nutshell: Relax! This is not a call to be lazy, but rather one to not only know but trust Him more. In the bad, the abominable and the forbidden, He is God just as much as He is in the good, the commendable and the acceptable. In all things and at all times He is God! He’s got your back.. and He will work it out.
“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye” (Deut. 32:10)