Posts Tagged ‘I AM’

Have you ever wondered, if God knows the end of the story, why does He choose to create all of us?  Here is an example of what I mean – the people of Noah’s day.

Gen 6:5-8
5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

“The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” So, why did God make all of these people in the first place if He knew that they would not honour and glorify Him?  It’s, kind of, an interesting question isn’t it?  That is, that God would give someone life knowing that they would be such a heartache to Him that He would choose to destroy them.  I mean, why make them in the first place?

Also, why would God choose to interact in peoples lives when He knows they are not going to listen to Him.  One example in the Bible is this – God speaking to Cain before He murders Abel.

Gen 4:6-8
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”  And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

To a certain extent, I can see the point of this second example.  That is, that God is presenting Cain with the reality and choice that it doesn’t have to be like this.  But if Cain is not listening, and God knows He is going to kill Abel anyway, why bother with Him? (our God is a God of grace)

Here’s something radical – the future is not set.  Well, at least from our point of view.  We are the random.  We are the unknown quantity.  We have free will and we have choice so our future is not set.  The other big thing is that our God is a God of grace.

Here’s something even more radical.  God chooses to walk our timeline.  Now it’s not really our timeline, it’s God’s timeline.  God is not buzzing about in some time machine effecting the future and the past to a achieve a desired outcome.  God is in our moment and our present and this is where He chooses to act and to lavish His graciousness upon us.

So, getting back to the people of Noah’s day, these people had all these ‘present’ moments where God was gently speaking into their lives, before their final ‘now’ moment of their destruction .  Their choices, which were not devoid of God speaking to them, have led them now to this point where a loving God would choose to destroy them rather than to continue to bear the pain of their evil choices.  Yes, God is bearing the pain of OUR evil choices.  This is where the grace of our Lord Jesus fits in.

Pointing this back to us.  God is in this present moment.  He wants to speak into your life and my life NOW!  He wants to change the course of your life and my life NOW!  Don’t delay in submitting your life totally over to your Creator and Jesus Christ His Son.

The ‘I AM’ is here now!

The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you.
They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
[Ps 145:8-20]

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Sorry about the title 🙂 but… I had a dream.

I had a dream last night.  It was pretty vivid, so vivid that you will think I am making this up.  Anyway…

There was this saw mill and it was having it’s ups and downs in business.  Some years it was pretty good and some years it was pretty lean.  The owner had left the saw mill a long time ago and it was up to the workers to run the saw mill.  As you can imagine, with the owner gone and the workers running the saw mill there was a whole gamut of issues that got in the way of a successful business.  I followed the ups and down of the saw mill in my dream.  Then, there was one thing I noticed over all of the years.  There was one person who had been with the business all along.  He was a quite, unassuming type of older fellow who just did his job.

Then, just minutes before I woke up, (I believe) the Lord showed me who that fellow was.  The revelation that I had was that the quite, unassuming fellow was the owner of the business!  THE OWNER HAD NEVER LEFT! He was always there, in the background, watching over the highs and the lows of the business, always having a subtle influence over its direction, but also always letting the workers make their mistakes but never allowing the whole business crash.

When I was fully awake the Word came to me: This is MY business.  The business will never fail because it is MINE.

Of course, I realised the Lord was talking about His Church:

This is MY Church, this is MY body. You may get it wrong and you may make mistakes, but I AM in it and I AM overseeing it and it will NEVER fail because it is MINE!

I see the owner that left, as God the Father. I see the quite, unassuming fellow, as Jesus. Sometimes He has influence and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes He gives direction and sometimes He doesn’t. That is (mainly) up to the workers. He (mostly) gives as much leading and direction as the workers allow Him BUT most of the time the workers think they know better. So the quite, unassuming fellow allows them to make mistakes and go their own way. He is still always in their midst, watching and waiting because ‘the business’ is ALL His anyway.

Jesus is watching and waiting for a people to listen to Him.

“And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave” (1 Kings 19:12-13)

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chron 16:9)

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