2003-10-14 - The Providence of God
Philemon: 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
I am not much of a story teller, but please stick with me. I know I am running some series on Job (Which I intend to get back to soon), and then the Sacred Troplogies series also. But I would like to do something I think I have never done. So please entertain this short story that has been made up.
Let us say that by some freak of nature (I know this devo goes everywhere in the world, but lets just say it is the USA), So it happens and people are starving, dying even. The government is doing all they can, but it is not enough. Air support comes in. Boats from around the world take up the task. But let us speculate that on the way here to the USA, where people are starving, they all come upon an island where others are in need. I know this is a stupid thing to think about, but lets say they all decide to land on that island instead of going to the USA.
Now let me ask you... Is that Island and the people on it any more important than the people of the USA? A person is a person. This might be stupid, but why would the people of that island be worth less than any people of another place? If that Island needs help, and I know this is a dumb scenario, but if that Island needs help, why not that place? We are all God's children. We are all under the care of God. There is no exclusiveness to being Christian, or being living. If the air support and boats all land on the Island, who are we to complain, if we live in the USA? God's providence and grace is just as worthy to them as it is to our nation. That is the key. No one person is better than another. A soul is a soul, and it is precious.
My point is probably not made well, but it is that we all live under the providence of God. Sure, I made up a dumb story, but do you get the gist? We live under God's grace. We live because of God's grace. It is because of God's grace that we own what we own, and even breath the air we breath. It is God's grace. It is His looking after us. It is His providence. God is so merciful. Think what He did when satan rebelled and sinned. Satan went to hell. But God, rich in mercy, has offered us mercy in His providence and care. Oh, how wonderful this is for us to speculate on. Can you begin to imagine the wonders of heaven? And we have this offer of forgiveness, something the condemned angels and satan never had. We have all sinned, and think, that by God's grace and providence in Christ there is overwhelming forgiveness for anyone who will seek Christ. May God be glorified.
Soli Deo Gloria,