Saturday, March 9, 2013
What makes God God?
God Punishes Evil Intents
One of a myriad of things that make God God is His knowledge of human intentions. It is unimaginable how much I would achieve if I were in such a position. I would take advantage of my lecturers and study only the questions in the test. I would know when and exactly with whom to agree to a date. And most importantly, I would never be a victim of any untoward circumstances. There's no end to what I would or not do differently. Have you ever asked yourself why God denied us the privilege of knowing the plans others are cooking up in their minds? I have. King David did too. Look at that confession in Psalms 139.
God punishes evil intentions. Psalms 21:11 "for they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform." In the past week alone, there were a good number of times I intended to do evil. Some went through- the secret ones- while I shut down others. The problem is, when I go to pray and ask for forgiveness of sins, I never mention the ones I plotted but failed due to some logistical challenges. I assume that those ones I did not actually commit. But, God takes notice of intentions!
Then I say the Lord's prayer, "Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil." Then I realise that usually when someone somewhere plots an evil scheme against me, God shuts it down. On the same note, when I intend to do evil things, it must be God who shuts me down. Why must God always intervene in the affairs of men?
Evil intentions are in essence against the King himself. He says that whatever you "do to the least of there my brethren, you do it unto me." What we learn from this is that intentional evil has a deadly virus in it which is not found in sins of ignorance. And God for the love of His children, will always interpose. The Master who establishes all plans will never allow evil schemers to inflict pain on His beloved. This is exactly what He did on the old rugged cross. He interposed. In Psalms 21:11, we get it very clear that evil planners will fail in ability. God takes notice of their intentions.
Those of us who are constantly worried about our security, take heart. We have a bodyguard who sees the enemy from afar. He is a mighty fortress, a bulwark never failing. Rock of ages, cleft for me. And like the hymns goes, our plea should always be "let me hide myself in thee." When we read the boastful threatenings of the enemies of the gospel at the present day, we may close our reading by cheerfully repeating, "which they are not able to perform." The serpent may hiss, but his head is broken; the lion may worry, but he cannot devour: the tempest may thunder, but cannot strike." -C. S
Friends, this verse cuts both ways. Almost all the time I read the psalms and scriptures, I hear phrases like "I [God] will protect you from them." Some times I am the enemy God is guarding people against. So, in my reading, I often put my name in place of the enemy. The text then becomes plain to me; what manner of task God is up against. I can also be a real pain in the neck. We must never excuse ourselves to cook up evil plots. Let us not always blame it on the devil. Things we do! Sometimes even Satan gets ashamed. The thing is, before God prevents the spec being inserted in my eye, let me first drop the log I am loading in my neighbours eye.
The lesson is, you must never fret. In the face of calamity, we must always cheerfully repeat, "which they are not able to perform." God takes notice of intentions, even the foe's. This is just one of the big 4 O's of God. HE IS OMNISCIENT!