Friday, 18 May 2012
I just saw a blog over at Revelife. The post asks, "Do you believe God is hands-off or a puppeteer?" I answered, "Neither. I have seen Him miraculously intervene too many times to think He is "Hands off". And I have seen Him not too many times to think He is "a puppeteer". I don't see why such a complex question should have only two possible answers either. This is how I feel about it." And then I linked them here.
This is something I have heard and thought about deeply. I think it comes back to love. (It is my strong opinion that a lot of people today have no idea what real love is or is all about, but to avoid getting diverted to that topic, let me just say real love always wants what is best for it's object, and is never forced.) So, if God loves us, He could not create us as little robots who have no conception of doing anything other than His Will. Without the freedom to choose for ourselves, it would be the same as brainwashing, or locking us in a cage. I can't conceive of how that would be honest or loving. It certainly wouldn't be genuine. And all that is completely against the nature of God.
Second, you have the question of suffering. There is no other way for us to have free will though, without having the suffering of the innocent. Some will suffer at the hands of those who choose to use their free will to that end. And some will suffer due to the imperfection that came along with the fall from grace. I would like to point out here, that suffering usually makes people stronger. People who grow up with no suffering, and given everything they want right when they want it seem to end up the most troubled and unhappy adults. So you will have a hard time convincing me that God needs to disallow the suffering that goes on because then we all would be spoiled little brats with no appreciation. Also, Jesus suffered plenty Himself when He that never knew what the filth of sin felt like, took on the sins of anyone who would ever be born from Adam and Eve to the future of people who have yet to be born - all at once. And that after suffering the physical pain of the whipping post and cross. Everyone has their own cross to bear.
Thirdly, God does know every single possible scenario and outcome. And I most certainly do believe He has a plan for all of us, only we have to surrender to Him to see it happen. He gave us free will, so the power to ruin those plans is in our hands, if we reject Him and His ways. The good news is, God really can turn your mourning into dancing, if you just let Him. But, I digress. There are times when, because He can see every scenario possible, He does choose to intervene and miraculously change things.
I have never believed that when He chooses not to though, that it is due to a lack of faith on anyone's part. Sometimes Dad just says "No." And, there is no doubt He has His reasons. But, that does not mean that it was originally "His Will" for that suffering to happen. Remember, it was "His Will" for us to remain perfect in the Garden of Eden. But where we are now, there are so many factors to be taken in about what would happen if He intervened. If you've ever watched It's A Wonderful Life, you can get an idea of how many lives we touch and influance, and the ripple affect that has on other lives. And, not being able to see every possible scenario for the decades to come, we really aren't in a position to ever say God was wrong to choose not to intervene. Realizing this makes the element of faith not quite so hard for me.
Also, sometimes what we might think would be a good thing turns out to be a very bad thing, sometimes even the worse thing we could think of. Sometimes I think of it like this, for God, not intervening may have been making a choice of the lesser of two evils. Since I can't see every possible scenario, I don't know how much it would change things. But, I can see many other instances to tell His nature, and by what I can see, I know it is not in His nature to cause suffering to the innocent. By this I can trust that when He does not intervene, it must be part of His plan.
Do you think God has a unique and specific plan for you? Do you think he knows what is going to happen next? Do you think he intervenes sometimes and not other times? How do you define what God's plan for your life is?