Friday, January 8, 2010
He is More Than Meets the Eye
Is God willy-nilly indiscriminately at random, choosing to protect some and others, well, good luck?
Maybe we need a much broader understanding of His protection, perhaps a broader unearthing of most that we have codified and fossilized into lifeless and meaningless dribble!
Perhaps it was the Father’s protection in the life of his son that was there making sure nothing happened to him, making it possible for Jesus to fully make it to the cross, even intervening in the Garden where it says he sweated great drops of blood. God sent sustaining angels to under gird him so that he might successfully by grace taste death for us all?
I wonder how much definition Father is establishing in our lives as we go hopelessly along believing the lies that somehow His hand of protection is removed from our lives because of our poor performance?
I so appreciate what Darin Hufford says here from his book, The Misunderstood God, “God’s protection is a Father’s promise to always hold us up in the midst of all circumstances no matter how terrible. Love bears up under anything! It is the support beam that will never give way, even in the midst of unimaginable pressure. The pressures and pains of life are not evidence of a lack of protection; they are the things that prove God’s protection.”
"Understated that there is no escape from adversity and hardship as long as we live in this world. Bad things happen not only to bad people but to all people. The good news is, God will never cease to support and grow our hearts regardless of what is thrown at the flesh. God will never override the heart to save the flesh. Everything He does is for the heart because that’s the part of you that lasts forever. Love always thinks this way. It’s all about the heart.”
Somehow I find this section of scripture most fitting in my musings…”I could go on and on, but I've run out of time. There are so many more— Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets....Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn't deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.
Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.