Do you think that things just happen by chance? Many do but usually I’m not one of them. OK, maybe there are cases of a person being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that isn’t really where I was going with the question; let’s try it another way: Do you think that God is at work in human events?
I definitely think so.
It seems to me that God created the universe and everything in it for a purpose, and that no matter how often we may try, we will not push God into abandoning it. God is working out his purpose always, yet we can have an effect on things along the way. For instance, God created Mankind in perfect fellowship with Him in the very beginning and yet we rebelled against Him and consequences resulted. Even in the face of our rebellion, however, God’s purpose was not abandoned, and in the fullness of time, fellowship was restored through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Even now, God’s purpose is to build His church by the spread of the gospel, and we are called to take part in his work. Sadly of course, so many of us don’t get around to His work as often as we might. Even so, His purpose is moving forward. It continues to move forward not only through benign neglect on the part of many Christians, but in spite of open rebellion and opposition throughout the world, for no one can stop His purposes from being worked out, not even Satan. The truth is that we can no more stop God from fulfilling His purpose than we could stop a river from flowing by wading into its current!
Actually, when you think about it, this is a glorious fact for it shows us God’s faithfulness which is made manifest all around us, even when we are opposed. For many, this provides all the more reason to follow Him more closely, to serve him more than before and to focus our energies on being people who serve, rather than frustrate His purpose.
I wonder… what can we do this day to build His church?