“But a man of God came to him, saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel—not with any of the children of Ephraim. But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow.” ~2Chronicles 25:7-8 NKJV
God has shown throughout history that He has the power to help and to overthrow the enemy, or to help the enemy and overthrow us. We as the species of man have this insane ability, both a gift and a curse given to us by God, to choose freewill; to choose a separate path than that path God has established for us. We can choose to follow what God has intended for us just as Jonah and Moses, each had focused upon their shortcomings or they foresaw what God’s mercies would have done. OR, perhaps, we could just choose our own way and stand against God’s will as many of the Kings of Israel (the descendants of King David).
Perhaps, we could choose the moral high ground that many of the Christian followers of old had done. Choosing the “road less traveled,” so-to-say, by saying, “YES! I am a follower of the Christ and I am willing to die!” But all too many of us will arrive at that moment of truth and find ourselves recanting. Let’s face it, if you recant on the little things you have a high probability of recanting on the bigger and more important things. That is a generalization, but has been proven true on numerous occasions. Is it always true, no. That is what makes it a generalization. We believe, intellectually, that God has the power to help us and protect us. But rarely is that tested in larger life and death matters within the confines of our normal lives. Even in times of dire-straights where we are saved from death, even at times when we do not believe or hold on to a faith in our Creator. But that can play a part in our testimony where we turn our lives around, which enables us to eye Jesus as our Savior. Everything happens for a reason, in my humble opinion!
God can use His power to overthrow a tyrant, put a prideful person (or leader) in his place, or possibly to chastise and pass judgement upon one who has been guilty of such evils that they could no longer remain unpunished.
God has also used His power to prevent further physical torture to those innocent of evil and preachers of His word to the ends of the world; consider the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7), with Saul (later named Paul) chiding them on. God has also used His power to protect those from any harm, what-so-ever. (see Daniel 3) And God has also, upon the completion, or fulfillment, of a person’s purpose, they had fallen asleep (Acts 13).
God truly does work in mysterious and wondrous ways. Many believe He acts immorally, unethically, and arbitrarily. But how could they make such a determination when God is the basis of all morals, ethics and arbitration?
One of the greatest problems is that man sees a small snippet of a small segment of a picture where God sees all things from the very beginning to the very end…EVERYTHING! But people cannot fathom such a thing, so therefore it just couldn’t be possible. God knows the path, good or bad, that we will take in any given situation from our birth until the time of our very last breath. Again, people cannot fathom such a thing, so therefore it just couldn’t be possible.
God has a plan for each and every one of us. In all cases for His glory, either you fulfill his plan; thereby, glorifying Him through your divinely guided actions. Or by acting as an agent for evil (because of your freewill and decisions); thereby glorifying Him through eternal judgement. We all have a part to play, isn’t is better to read the last book of the Bible and side with the winning team? Just consider it…
May God Richly Bless You!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD