A collection of past contributions…
There is very little new in technique or trickery when it comes to questioning the truth of God’s Word. From earliest history until now Satan has used the same three steps to create doubt – the same steps that he will use until his time is up. Whether it be “higher criticism”, Da Vinci Code, or “Swoon Theory”, Alien invasions, another “gospel”, or the next flavor-of-the-month “replacement theology” (to use the term literally), Satan’s MO doesn’t change.
The three steps designed to destroy: 1. Did God really say that? 2. God is cheating you. What He said is not true. 3. Here, this is the truth instead.
We must remember, Satan has a vested interest in destroying God’s credibility (if that were even possible). Yet the lies he generates are meant to look so much like God’s truth that they could fool the unwary.
Jesus said that false Christ’s would come. Satan has stepped up for that. Jesus said that towards the end people would believe fables instead of the truth. Satan has stepped up for that too. Jesus once asked the question: “Will the Son of Man find faith on the earth when He returns?” (Luke 18:8) The context indicates it was a rhetorical question with the unfortunate answer of “No, not much”. Satan has stepped up to help make that happen as well. His lies have turned people more and more against the revealed, historic Word of God, thus undermining faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the only way to eternal life.
But don’t be intimidated. This is no surprise to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is still rightful King of Kings and Lord of Lords, though imposters and fables will continue to appear. He’ll sort it out in the end; the lies and liars will be revealed, so keep declaring the truth. And remember, it’s not just about winning arguments; it’s about winning people, people that have eternal value.
The Bible reminds us in Acts 17 that God has specific geographic and time boundaries for nations. Speaking of God, “…He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things, and He made from one every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation…” (17:25,26) So nations rise and fall totally under God’s control. The next verse gives one reason why God does this: “…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (17:27, NASB)
So God graciously gives people a specific location and identity for a certain amount of time to find Him. Then their time is up. Doors of opportunity close, and someone else occupies their space. Can any nation expect to break that pattern?
It’s one thing to live with that philosophical perspective; it’s another to try to plan for the unknown. Unfolding reality is the test of philosophy. It has to work where the “rubber meets the road”. In this case fatalism may be fatal. Fatalism makes everyone the victim of random events and denies any plan. We become helpless to understand or to take any meaningful action. Fatalism forgets God’s power, negates prayer, and sacrifices hope on the altar of ignorance. Fatalism requires no action, and requires no understanding. It is the lemming approach to life.
So how can we avoid being lemmings as history unfolds? We must respond to God’s gracious offer to have a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ while there’s still time. Radical change can happen quickly in these dangerous times. Finding God on His terms fulfills part of our individual purpose in God’s big plan for the nations.
How does a person “find” God? This link has helped some people along their journey: https://peacewithgod.net/ Check it out. It’s mobile friendly too. It’s amazing to think that God would even care about you and me personally. Yet that is precisely the message of the gospel, or “good news”. Really, it’s great news! But even beyond that, it is amazing to think that God would have plans for you and me that go beyond our present experience, plans that go into eternity with Him! You are important. Don’t miss your part. According to Acts 17, to find God is one major reason God put you and me here now.
When we spend our lives working, at a business or in a career, or on a farm for example, we are used to producing some product or service on a regular basis. We discipline ourselves to get up on time, and to do what needs to be done. Then things change. The change can be dictated by sickness, downsizing, retirement, or by some other circumstance. We then have forced quiet time.
We didn’t think it would be this way. Or maybe we didn’t think about it at all. But here we are. Now what? “Pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps” doesn’t often work in these situations. We need intervention, and we may need to rethink a few things – like maybe we need to reevaluate what really has enduring value. This is no time for mourning loss, but rather for looking ahead. But how?
We may be given a hint about how to move on in Psalm 147:10,11. What we have valued may not include all that is valuable. This could be a good discovery time. “He (God) does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.” (NASB)
Now this is true during our “productive” times as well. But it is evident that God puts our relationship with Him on a higher level of importance than our abilities or our work. Our production does not impress Him, our participation in life with Him does. With our attention forced off production during quiet times, we have more opportunity to seek His face – face time with God – something we may not have valued previously. Maybe that’s not bad.
What does God look for in us? Production or faith? He is able to change our circumstances, and what He does He does in lovingkindness. We can still choose to trust Him, even in our unwanted quiet times. And we may now have more time to talk to Him about it.