God’s Order Mankind’s Disruption

Posted on May 13 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons

God’s Order Mankind’s Disruption

© By Brad L Hodges

One day this past winter, I lost the central heating, cooking, hot water generating and refrigerator running abilities in my RV, which I was living in on property I own, while awaiting my new home to be built. It was due to a failed valve on my propane system.

I was without these modern necessities for two days just as the temperatures had dropped into the 30’s in my area. The short of it was that I had lost all critical systems to enable comfortable living conditions.

While I certainly never blamed God for my woes, I predictably uttered a few “why me’s?,” as I am sure most readers of this have done at one time or the other in their own respective lives when confronted by inconvenience, grief or tragedy.

By the second day of a weekend, getting desperate, I mustered every bit of creative thinking I had and ultimately obtained a new valve and got things back to running. This was after much stress and inconvenience due to my remote location from any large town that could offer solutions to the problem.

As usual when faced with trials and tribulations, great and small in my life, I came away with some insight and lesson learning.

First of all when God created the heavens and the earth He established a natural order of things and it was perfect (Genesis 1).

When God created man and gave him free will, man interfered with God’s perfection through original sin and subsequent separation from God, and attempted to go his own way, in his own order. We created the term “that’s life” when faced with hardships as a result of our imperfection.

Now without any doubt whatsoever, I know God can do absolutely anything through His infinite power and majesty.

God has the omnipotent abilities to interject himself and His will into any situation in heaven and on earth at any time he chooses.

However, unless God deems it necessary to accomplish His master plan for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose), I have learned that God allows the natural order that broken mankind established through free will to run its course without interference or God’s interjection.

Because of the fall of mankind to original sin and allowed disruption of God’s perfect plan through free will as a result, God never promised we would not have trouble;

John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We, as humans, also never have the ability to see the full picture, as God does, from beginning to end of any situation;

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

But despite our messing things up, rest assured God is still in control;

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Because of mankind’s fall from God’s perfect plan, all of life on earth suffers as a result of the broken and imperfect order we choose to establish with free will that is guided by the imperfection of humanity;

Romans 8:22 (NIV)
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

But as always, through faith and trust in God, our problems, brought on by ourselves and the free will of others, will someday ultimately be overcome and converge once again into God’s intended plan of perfection;

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Romans 8:18 (NIV)
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

So the lesson learned brought on by the ordeals of the imperfection of man’s creation of things like propane valves, was that a 12-year-old piece of equipment finally failed and I had to run the course through the order of things mankind created, without God’s intervention. I used the mind God gave me to come up with a solution and get the problem resolved.

This situation and resulting understanding can be applied to a vast majority of the problems and scenarios we find ourselves in on earth. Rather than blame God, as many are quick to do, or bemoan “why me’s?,” we need to use the minds and abilities God gives us to resolve the issues we created at an all humanity entry point of broken fellowship and perfection when we decided to try to create our own order.

Despite our bungled order of things, our great consolation and assurance as believers abiding in God is that should it be necessary, He will step in to help us in times of our greatest needs if we only trust in Him fully, but through God’s strength we can resolve our self-made problems in the meantime;

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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