Deception and Enlightenment

UnknownWhere did we get this idea that God does not, nor will not, work within and upon His creation of which we are a part? Our physical senses are our primary connection to the world around us, but they are limited to the physical while God is Spirit. The interaction of God in this world is not limited to the physical. Does God make the sun rise and the earth spin on its axis? Does God cause seeds to germinate and plants to grow; animals to live and reproduce? Some will say that these processes happen independently of God. This brings us back to the original question, is the creation self-sustaining? We know God created everything, but is it on automatic pilot while God is preoccupied elsewhere? We tend to view ourselves independent of the rest of creation, although the new thinkers see themselves as animals –  animals in charge, responsible for pollution and it’s cleanup; responsible for global warming and to cool it down; responsible for harming other animals and making restitution. Nevertheless, most agree that we are unique and quite  distinct from the world in which we live. We have dominion over the earth, which does not necessarily mean that we can destroy it, just that we are above all other creatures. Have you noticed that animals are naturally afraid of us? Even those that are capable of harming us, do so out of fear. Who put this fear of man in the animals, and why?

It is this innate independence, our physical distinction from all that surrounds us, that feeds this assumption and false conclusion that we are alone and left to ourselves. We consider ourselves like children whose parents left for a time, promising to return as soon as their task abroad is completed. “There is food in the fridge, feed the pets, water the plants, and don’t make a mess of the house”, we hear subconsciously. This notion is reinforced over and over, but it is unquestionably disturbing and fearful. We all, sooner or later, cry out in our neediness and burden for relief and rest, for love and attention. This sense and desire is beyond the physical, it is spiritual, because we are created in the image of our Creator, three persons in one, body, soul, and spirit.

What is the truth? God did not create the earth, then go to sleep or abandon His creation. We are distinct from all other earthy creations, as they were given to and for us. The independence we feel is directly related to our natural fallen state, resulting in separation from God both physically and spiritually. Even so, He has not abandoned us. He has not left us to ourselves. He causes all things to work for good to those whom He has called. He has sent His one and only Son to redeem and save a people for Himself. This He has done for His own names sake and by His will and mercy alone, not due to anything we have done or deserve.

Once the work of Messiah (Savior) was finished, He sent His Holy Spirit to inhabit all His chosen people, those born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:13). The Holy Spirit leads the children of God into all truth. (Rom 8:14; John 16:13). God prepared good deeds for us to do in advance, in so doing He causes, leads, enables, empowers, and directs us in their completion. (Eph. 2:10; Rom. 8: 26-27). When our lives on this earth come to their appointed end, we return to God because, like our Father, we were created for eternity and relationship with an eternal Father God, who exists outside of time and for whom time has no meaning. His work of creation was completed and fulfilled simultaneously. He wills and works all things according to His perfect will. (1 John 1: 1-3; Rom. 8:28).

If you are a believer in Yeshua Messiah, God’s power is at work in and around you at all times, even (especially) as you wait on Him. Live a spiritual life as much as a physical one, and hold fast to the word of God that enlightens you. Keep in step with the Spirit, for this is God’s will concerning you. (Gal. 5: 25-26; 1 Thess. 5: 16-19). God is at work in and through you. (Eph. 3:20).

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