Saturday, November 11, 2006

God Has What It Takes

"Most of us do everything we can to reduce the element of risk in our lives. We wear seat belts, watch our cholesterol, and practice birth control. I know some couples who have decided against having children altogether, they simply aren't willing to chance the heartache children often bring. What if they are born with a crippling disease? What if they turn their backs on us and God? What if...? God seems to fly in the face of all caution. Even though he knew what would happen, what heartbreak and suffering and devastation would follow upon our disobedience, God chose to have children. And unlike some hyper-controlling parents, who take away every element of choice they can from their children, God gave us a remarkable choice. He did not make Adam and Eve obey him. He took a risk. A staggering risk, with staggering consquences. He let others into his story, and he lets their choices shape it profoundly.

"This is the world he has made. This is the world that is still going on. And he doesn't walke away from the mess we've made of it. Now he lives, almost cheerfully, certainly heroically, in a dynamic relationship with us and with our world. 'Then the Lord intervened' is perhaps the single most common phrase about him in Scripture, in one form or another. Look at the stories he writes. There's the one where the children of Israel are pinned against the Red Sea, no way out, with Pharaoh and his army barreling down on them in murderous fury. Then God shows up. There's Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who get rescued only after they're thrown into the fiery furnace. The God shows up. He lets the mob kill Jesus, bury him...then he shows up. Do you know why God loves writing such incredible stories? Because he loves to come through. He loves to show us that he has what it takes." ~ John Eldredge; Wild at Heart; pp. 30-31

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