101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTH AND WEALTH
- You speak a lot about the divine blueprint that God has drawn for us, do you believe He ever changes His mind and makes alterations within our journey? This is a good question. We must approach this with an understanding that God knows everyone’s future – even the tiniest details. When God designs our specific blueprint, He already knows what will happen. Some might say it sounds crazy to create a blueprint for someone that will never build the intended structure but is this any more odd than paying for a redemption that will never be accepted? Theology may seem simple to the masses but it is rather complex because views are connected with doctrines and these “camps” usually determine how a person believes. When we study for example the 2 camps of Calvinism and the Armenians we are amazed at how deep the roots are to the philosophy of religion and at the same time how many people use mixtures and variations of doctrines to construct their own worldviews. I have no intention of going into this massive subject and to be honest I’m not sure anyone can fully grasp the complexity of redemption so for this time I choose to stay as simple as possible.
I do believe that God draws a blueprint for every person with the intention of them becoming all that God has called them to be. Even for the individuals which will never choose Christ as their Lord, this does not mean that God cannot use them within the context of His overall plan. It is true that He desires for all to be saved and to submit to His Lordship but He knows this is NOT going to happen. Within His foreknowledge we must settle the issue of chance by saying that He does not predestinate anyone to hell by not allowing them the opportunity to respond. We also can include in His omniscience that no one will mysteriously be saved or will “surprise” Him by being convicted and surrendering their will to Him. All the names of the saved are already written in the Lambs book of life. Many will ask, so why will so many people die and be lost? Just because someone lives their entire life without accepting Jesus, does not mean they did not have a chance. God gives all who hear the gospel the chance to be saved but knows before they are born whether or not they will receive Him by faith. So what does all of this have to do with the question? Well, we are trying to reveal that if there were any “changes” in life, God would have already known about it thus, He would not need to modify the original plan. On the other hand, the sovereignty of God allows Him the authority of stepping in at times and intervening as a compassionate Father. So we see both the rigid characteristic of a legalistic God along with the flexible love of a grace filled God and each is perfect and complete. Prayer is a perfect example that if NOT applied to certain situations, we would surely face negative consequences. In this light, we can say that God’s power can change either along with our faith or not what definitely would have happened without Him.
This conversation reminds me of Deism that believes that God is not directly involved in the world. Deism pictures God as the great “clockmaker” who created the clock, wound it up, and let it go and just observes from a distance. A deist believes that a higher power or a God exists and created the world, but does not believe in the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, or any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as uncaring and uninvolved and is a complete distortion of what God’s Word reveals the true Lord of glory to be. Thomas Jefferson was a famous deist, referring often in his writings to “Providence” but this is a sad and lonely philosophy of a “personal” relationship with God to say the least. I am grateful that God listens and responds to the poor widows, the abused, the homeless beggars, and the forgotten ones in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the East, the man executes my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11) We are reminded of a unique story found in II Kings chapter 20 and the first 6 verses about a man named Hezekiah that had already been told by the Lord that his time on earth was finished. Hezekiah prays and the Lord grants him another 15 years to live. This is not a parable but a real event that allows us to see that it is NOT impossible for Him to change people’s destiny and make alterations within our journey.
- Do you believe that God ever regrets some of the things He has given to us and or allowed us to have? Another interesting question. I believe there are some things that God will not allow us to have and other things that even though He knows they are not good for us, He permits us to go ahead and do it. For example, He may allow us to make a lot of money only to watch us be foolish with it and even cause damage to ourselves and others. I am sure you can think back on some situations in your life where you wish He had stopped you. With the Lord being interactive within everyone’s life, the principal of free-will is very real and also very powerful. We can go out of our way and even overcome many obstacles while trying to do a good deed because we are convicted by the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s will. On the other hand, we can receive warnings from the Lord to avoid certain temptations and yet we still choose to go through with it. It must be difficult for our heavenly Father to watch us make terrible mistakes that have drastic consequences to our lives and I am sure there are times when He does literally stop us from proceeding. These are blessings that go unnoticed because we are so upset that we did not get to do what we intended. On other occasions, He is like the dad that gives their child the keys to the family car because he realizes they need the opportunity to learn. We have said before that God’s blueprint and our blueprint does not always match, in fact I would say that it hardly ever does, however the Lord steps in and out as He sees fit. We cannot always control our children and likewise God chooses to not control or force us to do His will. Many times even our blessings become distorted and create problems because of our rebellious sinful nature. We remember that God at one point in history actually regretted that He had even created mankind, so even though He knows what we will do this does not mean He is not frequently disappointed.