God is in Control
It is my observation that as men and women we are often fixated on maintaining control of situations around us. We see an injustice and feel it is our place to exact justice or on most cases vengeance.
We even take for granted a portion of the bible where God declares to us his will over the evil acts of man. In Deuteronomy 32:35a “It is mine to avenge; I will repay……” While we quote that first portion we often leave off the rest of the verse “in due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
Deuteronomy 32:35a “It is mine to avenge; I will repay in due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
Although we are not called to keep silent or turn our backs when evil rears its ugly head we must remember that it is not OUR place to right the wrong around us. We are however to stand on the truth of God’s word when confronted with evil. Yet unless we have been sent into a situation by God, we must wait on the Lord.
I believe that everyone is created by God and given a purpose in life. We may not be a George Washington or a Billy Graham, but the fact that we have been born is proof that our existence on this earth is with a purpose.
That is equally true of the unborn that are sacrificed on the altar of convenience called Abortion. God never makes a mistake. It is not man’s place to decide which of God’s creation is essential or simply an inconvenience. The life created in the womb is just as important to God as every birth.
What I learned long ago about Christianity is that it is not a religion, but a relationship between God and man, and each other. For that relationship to flourish it takes commitment.
In the early 1990s I read a book called “No Compromise” written about a man so committed to the world and enamored by his own musical ability that when he found God his life was changed forever. He applied that same fervor in his relationship with God. Many traditional Christians refused to believe his message and pastors called his music heresy. He remained committed and focused until God called him home. Even today Keith Green’s music continues to point the way to God.
In scripture (the words in red) Jesus told us:
In Luke 10:27 He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all of our heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and will all your mind.”
In Mark 12:31 The second is this: “Love our neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
In the midst of the pandemic affecting the entire globe it’s refreshing to see that God is still calling men and women to share the good news that God loves us. One that comes to mind is a completely new series that portrays the humanity of Jesus and his obedience to his father in heaven. God took a man with certain skills and humbled him to a point where he could only look up. Having nothing but talent, availability and a hunger for God a man named Dallas Jenkins has created a totally non-Hollywood production of the life of Jesus called “The Chosen” that is truly inspiring, motivational and uplifting. The Chosen is in its second season and Episode Two is about to debut on the Chosen App and on Facebook. God has shown Dallas that it is not his job to feed the 5,000, but to bring the loaves and the fishes.
What I find applicable to every Christian is that we are not to try and exact justice or vengeance over evil. God alone exacts justice where justice is due and vengeance as he chooses.
Our job is to tell the good news (God loves us) to everyone around us – our loaves and fishes. – I am the Real Truckmaster!