A book sells largely because of its title and cover. When I was a kid, I remember checking a few books out of the library based on the title. I thought one of those books was about werewolves.
Boy, was I disappointed when I got home. The best I can remember, it was some fiction book out of the adult section. Probably about psychology or something. Too bad. Werewolves would have been better.
There’s a principle of life for you: Werewolves would better. Apply it as you see fit.
What is God Doing Right Now?
This reminds me of a book by Francis Schaeffer. It’s called, He is There and He is Not Silent. I don’t remember a lot about the book. Francis Schaeffer wrote way over my head. Mostly about philosophy and the Christian life.
But the title of his book stuck with me.
It impressed upon me that God is there all the time.
To help grasp that reality, consider the following verses:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“O LORD, thou has searched me, and known me.” (Pslam 139)
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me…” (Psalm 138:8)
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
Wherever You Go, There You Are…. Maybe
As we observe the people around us, most of them are distracted.
When we are around young people, most of them are on their phones. When we are around middle-aged people, they are also on their phones. When we are around older people, they are trying to figure out their phones. (That would be me.)
Everyone’s attention is somewhere else. They’re always looking for the next experience, the next rendezvous, or setting up a bigger and better deal.
Not at the deal they’ve got.
I think it is humorous when younger people get all Zen-like and start talking about being in the moment. Seizing the day and all that.
Really? Are any of the young people in the moment today? With all the talk about Yoga and meditation and living in the moment, it all seems like an exercise in self-deception.
Take the idea of Customer service, as an example. Every company out there brags about their Customer Service. But, if you are on the phone with a customer service rep, he will probably be using a prepared script. His goal is to shuttle you off to someone else who, hopefully, can handle your specific problem.
Because it’s all about breaking tasks down into manageable modules. Getting things organized into components that make it easier for companies to handle problems.
When you go to a store, 50 guys will ask you if you need help. As if they did not see the other 49 guys ask you the same thing 5 minutes ago. And then, usually, they’re not able to answer your specific problem. “Go to YouTube” is a common answer they give us. Because there we can figure out most anything. And not bother them.
And doctors do this too. Anything beyond 5 minutes of discussion and we get referred to a specialist. If you have an itch. They send you to a scratch-ologist.
The Detailed Business of Soul Management
But God is not like that. He has the answers for everything and He is paying attention to us. Each of us.
He will not shuttle us off to another source. Nor will He yell at us for bothering Him. Nor is He irritated at us for taking the time to talk with Him.
In fact, He wants our attention. He wants us to come with all our cares.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7)
He loves us and wants us to walk through life with Him. He wants to know what we are thinking and what we are feeling.
He did not put us here to do this alone. We are not meant to gut it out for God. He loves us and wants us to know the depth of that love in our moment-to-moment, practical lives.
It is critical for us to understand that God is always working. He is always on the job managing the affairs of our souls. Managing the infinite details of our lives down here. And preparing us for the life ahead beyond this veil of tears.
He is not an “absentee landlord” as Satan said in the movie, The Devil’s Advocate.
But that is exactly what Satan wants us to think. That God just started it all and then left everyone to fend for themselves.
That is a lie. And it is a lie that most in this world choose to believe in some form or another.
But God is here and He is at work for us at all times. He knows what we are concerned about. He knows what problems will actually occur. And He knows how those problems will affect us in the future.
And He is already there, in the future, ironing out any problems. He has already solved our future problems!! Even though our future may be rocky, we will be OK.
Better than OK.
Because God has our backs. Regardless of appearances, His attention to detail is infinite. His care knows no limitations. His ability is beyond our comprehension.
And nothing will get by Him that has not already been carefully weighed and balanced. So that, on that final day, we will rest safely and joyously in His arms.
“LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” (Isaiah 26:12)