Most Christian church attendees have heard "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) And the rough translation is that God can bring good out of any situation. When God sees a situation, he can and will bring some good out of it in the long-run (for those who have a loving commitment to him). Many of us have seen this first-hand.
So we know that God is reactive at times. He reacts to help, heal, deliver, provide strength, or whatever may be appropriate in the situation.
But does your understanding of God include him being proactive? Or is he a spectator waiting for a chance to react?
In the Old Testament part of the Bible, we read about God being very intentional and purposeful in the world. Leaders rose and were brought down. Nations moved hundreds of miles. His faithful ones were moved to interact with the nations. God was active in the process of moving from the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 that all nations would be blessed towards the completion of the task with representatives from all nations (ethnic groups) worshipping before him at the throne. He even makes it clear that the end will not come until we finish this job of reaching the nations for Christ. One way or another, it will happen. God has a plan and a purpose. It is well documented in the Old and New Testaments. Like a brilliant general, he is strategic in carrying out the mission.
So what about today? Is there any Bible verse saying God is no longer proactive in the world? Things happen. Nations and leaders change. Romans 13:1 makes it clear that the leaders we have this week were put there by God. Why should we assume God no longer has a role in all of that? We finally have Christian soldiers and civilians showing friendship and care to Muslims in places previously unavailable. On what basis should we assume God isn't active in the daily news around the world?
Is your God passive and reactive? Or is your God a proactive solution working actively in the national and international affairs and events of today?
God is on the move accomplishing his purposes.
29 September 2006
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