>> Friday, June 8, 2012
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
A verse that may make some feel a little uncomfortable and one that brings much comfort!!!
I form the light...form is yatsar in the Hebrew means "fashioned, created"
create darkness... is bara' means "fashioned, created"
make peace is... asah "produce, accomplish, fashion"
create evil means...bara again create, shapes forms
I break this down to discover who is "the Creator" of all things?!!! God created Cyrus a Gentile king to do His work...period! He continues to say, in verse 13, I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price or reward, saith THE LORD OF HOSTS.
Let's go back to verses 8-12. The Lord summons His righteousness to fall down from the heavens...because...I the Lord have created it! He doesn't want anyone to struggle with the fact He is using who HE chooses to accomplish His work...a non believing king. He says, "Woe unto you who desires to strive with his maker!" Do we have a say in what we are, who we are or how we got here??!
He says, "I have made the earth, and created man upon it." Folks this is God's world, He does what He desires and He doesn't check in with us to see if His plan are OK with us. This should bring us much comfort!
Romans 8:28-33 KJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
We are God's because he woke us up, the Spirit drew us unto Himself and we responded with..."Wow, the world is much bigger than myself!" "I never realized life wasn't all about me!" "I thought "I" was the center of the universe!" How many of us woke up to this realization one day and just said Wow! Then for me the journey began...as the Holy Spirit drew me, I began seeking...my story..."LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND, LOOK WHO HAS FOUND ME!" Halelujiah!
We all have different experiences, and there is NOT one life that God has gotten wrong! If God allowed righteousness to fall on an unbelieving king...HOW MUCH MORE WILL HE ALLOW HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS TO FALL ON THOSE WHO LOVE HIM! HE CALLED US BY NAME...WE ARE JUSTIFIED AND GLORIFIED...IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US...IF GOD DIDN'T SPARE HIS OWN SON, HOW SHALL HE NOT FREELY GIVE US ALLLLL THINGS!??
There are so many applications we can take away...God created everything...and He uses the light, darkness, peace and evil to accomplish His will... God uses who and what He chooses...He has a plan and a purpose for us...we don't have a say...He is the Creator...His Word does not contradict itself...ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED...this is freeing!!!!
In all of our messy broken selves...God is using it all. God may not be the source of the evil we have done or are doing...but rest assured there is purpose in it. By the way, when we sin, reject God's way, rebel against God or man in pride...it is evil. I know many of us including myself, because we are God's don't thing of ourselves of doing evil. The fact is, anything opposite in the nature of God is evil. To avoid evil, do what is right. We wrestle with the enemy's influence and the lust of our flesh. Man has fallen from the grace of God, man has a will to do evil...but remember God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! God created Lucifer who fell from His grace. God knows ALL things...God knew us from the foundations of the world and He created us for His purpose!
There is no way around it....GOD IS IN IT...whatever IT is to you...guaranteed GOD IS IN IT! God in His infinite mind is working over the world in slow speed what already has been accomplished in eternity. Whoaaa, I know its deep...think of it...if the Bible gives us the end from the beginning...we are in time...time is captured in a small window of eternity...we are just walking out the steps that God has already had foreknowledge of!
God is using people who will deny Him in order to bring the Antichrist on stage...We have the future, God has given us the ability to prepare and know HIM for the upcoming events. There are no surprises...all this to say...
HE LOVES US SO MUCH! In our weakness He is made strong. In our big world, in our little communities God is bringing to pass His assignments in each of us. Whether we are His or not, whether we are on the front-lines or the back...whether we are obedient or we are not...whether its seems logical or illogical...GOD IS IN IT!!!
So, the next time we come across a bump in the road...Ask God to reveal Himself in it!
YOU ARE POSITIONED BY GOD AND HIGHLY FAVORED!! GOD LOVES YOU, CALLED YOU BY NAME, AND HE IS IN IT ALL! REST AND BE COMFORTED THAT GOD IS WORKING ALL THINGS OUT...no matter how hard, how bad, how uncomfortable...GOD IS THERE AND HE IS ABLE...TRUST IN HIM!!!