So I have never technically been late to pick my daughter up from the bus but there have been times when it was pretty close. I mean look down and go OH CRAP! I have been late for work once or twice but not often. I usually miss the right time to say something nice to someone. I also have a slight tendency to dominate a conversation. That last one has nothing to do with this article but I thought it best to admit that.
I have these issues and others because I am a little self centered, and a whole lot human. God however does not have these issues. He has this amazing ability to be right on time and right on track all the time. I want to drop three basic theology words on you.
Let’s break these words down. Omni means all. Present means relating to now or current. Scient refers to knowing (think science), or aware. Potent means strength or effective. When you add it all you get the following statements about God.
- God is Always Present (or Always Current and that will preach).
- God is All Knowing (or Always Aware and that will preach).
- God is All Powerful (or All Effective and that will preach).
I am reading through the Gospel of Matthew right now and I noticed in the first chapter there are 4 fulfilled prophecies regarding the Christ. It’s like watching a movie huge explosion or when it starts with the main character dying. You’re like WOW where can it go from here. That is chapter one in Matthew. I mean there are like 300-400 prophecies pertaining to Jesus and you get 4 in chapter one of Matthew. Then there are another 4 in chapter two. It’s like woe hold on let me get back in my seat first please.
God can do that because He knows everything, is everywhere, and can do everything. Try and think about not having time. Go ahead I’ll wait. Ok done? I bet you couldn’t. I know I can’t. We were created in time so we have that limit. Try and remember what it was like to be born. Go ahead I’ll wait again. Done? Did you? No you couldn’t because you have a limited memory and limited knowledge. Try and pick up the house. You can’t do that either.
Now I want you to try and think about this. God exists outside of time. To Him there is no yesterday or tomorrow, but instead everything is current. He sees your birth and death at the same time. I mean it boggles the mind to try and comprehend but He our yesterday and tomorrow are His now. WOW! That blows my mind. What blows my mind even more is God sees me failing and falling short 10 years from now. He sees it as if it is happening right now, and yet He loves me the same anyway. That is just amazing.
Now think about this; If the same God who sees everything, and was able to prove the coming of Christ ahead of time can then make it happen can’t He also take care of you. One of the most amazing things I read in Scripture is when Jesus talks about the sparrows and hairs on your head in Matthew chapter 10.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
What Jesus is saying here is actually very profound. He is saying that the all knowing, all seeing, all powerful God knows you personally so don’t worry. Again I say WOW! How can I possibly worry about tomorrow when I know that God says it is in His hands. My fear is just that I will lose the false sense of control and power I think I have. I think that tomorrow is in my hands but it is not. I have no more control over tomorrow then I do control over yesterday. I mean sure there are things I can and need to do but ultimately it is not in my hands.
We have a saying in my family when life gets all jacked up; Who’s hands? It is about trusting that God is in control and when He is in control we can relax. Our job is just to walk out His will.
Right now I am struggling with direction (par for the course). There is something I want to do but see no way to do it. I am torn as to if it is my will or His. If it is His I should and will trust that He knows what He is doing. If it is me then well lets not go there. So what do I do? I trust that the one who knows everything, is everywhere, and can do all things loves me and knows my name. I trust that if I ask Him then He will tell me when the time is right.
Just a thought,