Last week we covered God’s involvement in His creation up to the coming of Christ. After a silence period of 400 hundred years God again appeared and became actively involved to complete a plan He had before the creation of the world. So let’s now look at what we observe God doing after this silent period.
First,we see God active as evidenced in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the sending of the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the conversion of Paul and perhaps other unrecorded events.
We may not physically see God’s activity as much in Western Culture today, especially Europe, but God seems to be active in other cultures. Many of these cultures that seem so unlikely such as China and the Muslim world are coming to believe in Christ in huge numbers. God’s activity is being expressed through the Holy Spirit much like it was in the first and second centuries. God’s work form the beginning has always been the redemption of sinners from all nations, (John 6:29)
The Bible is clear on how God is involved today.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets … but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. (Hebrews 1:1-2 NLV)
Now God speaks through the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to send following his resurrection and His inspired Word, the Bible. However, when we ask about God’s activity we should be considering our own activity. Are you sharing the ‘Good News’ of the gospel, “Jesus saves”, as you are going about in your world daily? God still works thru Jesus’ disciples to bring hope, love and peace to a hurting world that He loves.
Finally, with the coming of Jesus, God began a new way to be active with his creation. He became active through the Holy Spirit. We must connect with God on a spiritual level and in turn He acts with us on a spiritual level to bring about His plan of redemption (John 4:24) and one day Jesus will return, perhaps soon. Remember to take time out with your worldly activities to be spiritually involved with Him. God is always available. He is waiting for you to call.
This is a good question and one that many people wonder about.
Now by its very nature this question implies that the questioner thinks God was once active in his creation but questions whether God is still involved. It also signifies that the questioner does not see any evidence of God’s activity today. If God is still involved what is the evidence?
We need to examine our time perspective in relation to God’s. The scientific interpretation of the genesis description of Creation is that the universe was created out of nothing about 13.8 billion years ago. Earth was created 4.8 billion years ago. Homo sapiens, man, represented by Adam, have been on earth about 10,000 years. In terms of God’s total activity with creation under this interpretation, man’s time on earth and God’s revelation of himself to man has been only 7.7 x 10-9% of the time God has been creating. So we are seeking a look at God’s activity during a very, very small window. Nevertheless, we see it.
The Bible records numerous instances of God being active in his creation within this small window of time. He was involved directly with people who had personal encounters with him: Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, the Prophets, Jesus, Paul the Apostle and the disciples John and Peter just to name a few.
He was also involved with activities: the creation itself, the Flood, the Exodus out of Egypt, the occupation of the Promised Land, and the Israelites throughout the Old Testament. Then there was silence for a period of about 400 years between the Old and New Testament when God seemed to be silent. That period ended in with the coming of John the Baptist to pave the way for the ministry of Jesus who equated John with Elijah (Luke 1:17)
(The lesson to be remembered about the silent period is that the silence of God for a period of time is not to be taken as the absence of God. Remember God is not governed by time because he existed before there was any time. That came about as a result of creation. Rather, God acted in the fullness of time, at the perfect time in history to bring Jesus to mankind, an act predestined by God in his plan before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1: 4-7 NLV).
Next week we will examine the evidence of God’s involvement for the time of the past 2000 years. You will be quite surprised!
First we must believe in God and trust in Him before we can acquire wisdom from God. To know God, we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. In the Bible, in Colossians 2:3 we are told that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The primary source of God’s wisdom is God’s word as recorded in the Bible. The Bible contains instructions for our relationships with others and provides guidance for making many of life’s decisions. This is the first place to go when seeking God’s wisdom. The Bible is often referred to as the ‘Operating Manual for Life’ and ‘Best Investigated Before Leaving Earth’.
God instructs us in James 1:5-6 that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. The condition is that we must believe and not doubt. We need to be honest with ourselves and not be looking for answers that confirm what we want to do. We must be fully committed to obeying God. James 1:7 says that if we doubt God, we should not think that we will receive anything from Him.
When we pray for wisdom, we must be patient as we wait for an answer. God’s timing for things is often different than ours. When we receive the answer, it cannot contradict anything in the Bible. This is why Bible study and prayer are so important for the believer. The Bible books of Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are called the wisdom books and we strongly urge you to study them over and over again. In them you will find those treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
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This is a really interesting two-fold question. It’s essentially asking what is the kingdom of God and how can it be received. Consequently, we will answer the receive part first and describe the kingdom of God next month. So let’s see what the Scriptures say about receiving the kingdom as a ‘little child’.
Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14–NIV)
Jesus’ statement is recorded in the three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) so it is important. His disciples were annoyed about the children that were being brought to Jesus, as well as at those that were pressing in to see him. Jesus saw these situations as teaching moments.
A child is totally dependent on his caretaker. Think of a child, simple, innocent, with no agenda; skipping along, going where their parent goes, trusting and asking no questions. If they let go of his or her hand and run ahead and get hurt, the parent says, “it’s okay,” and gently binds their wounds. “Next time you will trust me more when I caution you.” When the child is troubled, the parent comforts him; and when in danger, protects him. The parent shows unconditional love for the child.
Now think of us; are we like the child, harmless and inoffensive, free from resentment, meek, humble and without pride or personal ambitions? Or are we self-sufficient and trusting in ourselves as we navigate through life? Jesus says we must be like that innocent, trusting child, dependent on our Heavenly Father to guide us through life: to such belong the kingdom of heaven. When we come as a child, our sufficiency is in Christ, not in ourselves. Have you come to Jesus with that little-child like faith? He is waiting to receive you with open arms. Remember, Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternal life.
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