Monday, August 7
The cosmic proportions of God’s transcendence is standard evangelical theology. G. Campbell Morgan describes it well. Warren Wiersbe refers to this in his book “On Being a Servant of God (p. 40).” I’ve condensed Campbell’s comments to this: “God has foreordained the works of each man he created. He manipulatates all the resources of the universe in order that the work that a man does may be a part of His whole great and gracious work.” Wiersbe adds this: “Everything in the universe accomplishes some divine purpose; and it seems unreasonable that we who are made in the image of God, and redeemed by the sacrifice of His Son, should be left out.” It would seem that everything you and I do every day was foreordained (decreed by God). I mentioned this in an earlier blog (May 19) in connection with Psalm 139:16. David apparently understood this. Now, I learn that Paul understood it, too. He declares that the preaching that God entrusted to him was “promised before the beginning of time, and at his (God’s) appointed season.” Paul’s preaching ministry was decreed before creation! Would Paul’s childhood, his training under Gamaliel, and conversion would be included in this? A caveat here. I don’t believe that God decreed us to sin. I don’t know how to reconcile this apparent paradox. It’s like a lot of other Biblical paradoxes—all of which we’ll understand some day. Nevertheless, David latched onto a significant truth. So did Paul. Probably many others did, too. Now, apply this to your own life. My writing of this blog and your reading it was decreed before creation. God had a purpose in it. It should give you a new perspective as to your importance in this world—and a new appreciation of our loving and transcendent God. Go ahead and live your life today—just as God planned it.