Was This All God’s Plan?

Let me be honest from the start of this. I’m not religious. I’m an agnostic. That is, I cannot say with any degree of certainty whether God exists or not. That would be any God, Christian, Muslim, or take your pick. My belief is much like a coin, flipped into the air to land, improbably, on edge and stand there. Perhaps wobbling and teetering a bit, but not ready to take that leap of faith one way or the other.

To me, it seems that deciding to believe that God’s there or not, has to be done without the benefit of convincing evidence for or against simply because such evidence won’t be found. The choice, whether made deliberately or accidentally, must come directly from the heart. That is what’s being tested after all. And perhaps God, assuming he’s around to care at all, considers reliance on mere physical proof as a form of cheating. Sort of like peeking at crib notes when you were supposed to have learned the subject matter by heart.

The consequence of my agnosticism is that I sit here and dither, wobbling but never falling as the winds of events blow. Ideally, I should just make the decision on principle since I can’t discern the difference between God’s nonexistence and an actual God’s determination to withhold firm proof. Practically speaking, though, I suspect that God bedevils me with crafty hints just when I lean too far away from Him. A case in point is the 2020 election and its ongoing aftermath.

We don’t need to dip too far into details. It’s clear to anyone who will look at the numbers that the Democrats cheated. The frenzied efforts of big tech and the media to stifle investigation is an attempt to delay the public’s inevitable realization of just how big of a scam it all was. Interested readers can reference Lincoln’s quip about fooling all of the people some of the time. The leftists, however, think that if they can change the voting laws fast enough, they can cling to the power they’ve stolen.

More troubling than all of that was the successive failures of the fail-safe mechanisms the Constitution, put in place to prevent such fraud. State elected officials certified elections that were clearly questionable. Corrupt Supreme Court justices hid behind legal double talk to ensure they were still invited to the right cocktail parties. Congressmen and congresswomen shirked and still shirk their duty to safeguard our voting process, then deepened the mockery by voting to impeach a president who had already left office. The totality of this banana republic soap opera would be enough to make me question my beliefs even if my coin had tipped towards the existence of God.

And yet, there is some good to come from the past few months. If there hadn’t been the shenanigans in the five states in question, those state’s citizens (and their legislators) would still slumber, unaware of the rot so close to home. If the Justices we fought so hard to seat hadn’t blatantly chosen politics and privilege over duty and the law, we would still think them worthy of trust. If the GOP establishment politicians who love their power more than they love America hadn’t been forced to declare their true loyalties, they would still infest and derail the MAGA movement. Was it the hand of God that shook us from those comfortable delusions, or just pure dumb luck?  Who can say?  Does it matter?  We are now awakened to reality, distressing as it is.

The smart thing for the Democrats to have done would have been to let Trump be reelected to a second term. As happened when Reagan left office, the establishment could’ve regained control of the swamp after the temporary distraction of a constitutionalist president. Instead, Democrat powers decided to rip off the mask and show us all who’s really in charge.

This is in keeping with the world view of the statists, the socialists, who think the world works in a top-down manner. All things derive legitimacy from the state, and they just got impatient with your reluctance to acknowledge that. Whoever has control of the institutions (political, cultural, social, and financial) gets to impose their will on the people. So, why bother with the charade any longer?

But everyone was in for a surprise, with more surprises to come, I’ll wager. An election is supposed to reflect the will of the people, and a rigged election stinks like a rotten fish. Politicians’ lies, celebrity outrage, and censorship won’t cover up that smell. Institutions (political, cultural, social, and financial) that serve themselves and no longer serve the people are no longer of any use to us.

We now face the long, tedious, and nasty task of prying the scoundrels’ hands from the levers of power, one sticky finger at a time. Methods and tactics will likely have to be tried, the most effective pursued, and the useless abandoned. But the longer this job is delayed the messier it will be in the end.

Above all of it, I can almost glimpse God’s stern, yet patient, visage as we re-learn lessons we forgot. The socialists believe that they can force people to be good (which they define as agreeing with them) by imposing a Utopia. Utopias don’t make people good. Utopias make people weak and rob them of purpose. In contrast, we should build good, strong people, who will prosper (morally and financially) whether they live in a Utopia or not.

It seems to me that building good, strong people has been God’s plan all along, assuming He’s even around to care about us. But you don’t have to believe in God to recognize the wisdom of founding society on people, rather than politics. When you simply allow people to run their own darned lives, the results tend to be closer to a Utopia than any socialist’s fever dreams. This has been the lesson of the past several centuries, and we should pay attention to it now. If we don’t, I imagine God or the universe, will patiently teach it to us again, and again.

 

 

A. Welderson wishes to remain anonymous, preferring morning coffee not fortified with the saliva of some triggered SJW barista. Fame is fleeting; hepatitis is forever.

 

 

Source: Was This All God’s Plan? – American Thinker

Charles Stanley – Sunday Reflection: A Godly Detachment

 

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

When you think of being detached, what comes to mind? For some, the idea is inherently selfish, as it suggests standing off at a great distance or perhaps building walls—ignoring everyone else’s thoughts, feelings, and tangible needs. But this isn’t the detachment the Lord calls us to practice. He wants us to be free of sinful passions—to live in the world without becoming like it.

That is, God wants us to be a part of the world that He made and loves immensely (Acts 17:24John 3:16John 17:15-16). But we should take care not to find our purpose and identity in the systems by which the world operates (Rom. 12:2). We can do this only by being detached in a godly way—not indifferent but free from the control of worldly thinking. And not removed from the lives of others but growing in love.

Think about it
• Is there something in your life that takes priority over loving God with your whole heart? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any unhealthy attachments in your life. Remember, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and great in mercy” (Psalm 145:8). Approach Him without fear, asking for help in letting go of whatever holds you back.

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Our Daily Bread — God at Work

 

Bible in a Year:

Surely he was the Son of God!

Matthew 27:54

Today’s Scripture & Insight:Matthew 27:50–54

“God is crying.” Those were the words whispered by Bill Haley’s ten-year-old daughter as she stood in the rain with a group of multiethnic believers in Jesus. They had come to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to seek God and make sense of the legacy of racial discord in America. As they stood on the grounds where former slaves were buried, they joined hands in prayer. Then suddenly the wind began to blow, and it started to rain. As the leader called out for racial healing, the rain began to fall even harder. Those gathered believed that God was at work to bring reconciliation and forgiveness.

And so was it at Calvary—God was at work. After the crucified Jesus breathed His last, “The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open” (Matthew 27:51–52). Though some had denied who Jesus was, a centurion assigned to guard Him had come to a different conclusion: “When the centurion and those with him . . . saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’ ” (v. 54).

In the death of Jesus, God was at work providing forgiveness of sin for all who believe in Him. “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). And what better way to demonstrate that we’ve been forgiven by God than to extend forgiveness to each other.

By:  Arthur Jackson

Reflect & Pray

In what ways have you shared the forgiveness you’ve received from God with others, even those who are different from you? If you haven’t received forgiveness from God through the death of Jesus, what’s keeping you from doing so today?

Father, thank You for loving the world so much that You sent Jesus so I can be forgiven. Help me to demonstrate forgiveness toward others by the way I live.

 

 

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Grace to You; John MacArthur – Responding to Christ’s Invitation

 

“Thy kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).

The only acceptable response to Christ’s offer of the Kingdom is to receive it, value it, and pursue it!

Many people who think they’re kingdom citizens will someday be shocked to discover they aren’t. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Some people think highly of the kingdom but never receive the King. They call Jesus “Lord” but don’t do His will. Lip service won’t do. You must receive the King and His kingdom (John 1:12).

You must also value the kingdom. In Matthew 13:44 Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure.” In verses 45-46 He compares it to a pearl that was so valuable, a merchant sold all he had to purchase it. That’s the value of the kingdom. It’s worth any sacrifice you have to make.

Finally, you must continually pursue the kingdom. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” In context He was discussing the basic necessities of life such as food and clothing, reminding His disciples that their Heavenly Father knew their needs and would supply them if they simply maintained the proper priorities. Unbelievers characteristically worry about meeting their own needs (v. 32), but believers are to be characterized by trusting in God and pursuing His kingdom.

Christ offers His kingdom to everyone (Matt. 28:19). The only acceptable response is to receive it, value it, and pursue it. Is that your response? Have you received the kingdom? Is it precious to you? I trust it is. If so, rejoice and serve your King well today. Make His kingdom your top priority. If not, turn from your sin and submit your life to Christ, who loves you and longs to receive you into His eternal kingdom.

Suggestions for Prayer

  • Thank God for the heavenly citizenship you hold (Phil. 3:20-21).
  • Ask Him to help you keep His priorities uppermost in your life.

For Further Study

Read Revelation 21 and 22. As you do, think of what eternity with Christ will be like. What aspects of eternity do you especially look forward to?

 

 

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Joyce Meyer – You Are Righteous

 

For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

— Romans 5:17 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Power Thoughts Devo – by Joyce Meyer

God wants us to think, speak, and behave rightly, so He gives us what we need—righteousness—in order to do those things. He never requires or expects us to do something without giving us what we need to do it. And even though we’ve sinned, thank God our sins could never outweigh His amazing, free gifts of righteousness and forgiveness!

The fruit of your life can’t be any greater than what you believe you are, so you need to learn to think about and believe that you’ve been made righteous in Christ. If you think all the time that something’s wrong with you, then you’ll keep acting accordingly, but when you start to truly believe you’re right with God and that He’s working in you (see Philippians 2:13), you’ll be able to produce more and more right, godly behavior.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for making me right with You, and for giving me the ability and grace to make right decisions today. Help me always remember that You’re working in me, and that all my strength comes from You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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Truth for Life; Alistair Begg –Left Alone

 

You will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.

 John 16:32

Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane. The majority of the disciples were not sufficiently advanced in grace to be admitted to behold the mysteries of the agony. Occupied with the Passover feast at their own houses, they represent the many who live upon the letter but are mere babes as to the spirit of the Gospel.

To twelve, no, to only eleven the privilege was given to enter Gethsemane and see “this great sight.” Out of the eleven, eight were left at a distance; they had fellowship, but not of that intimate sort to which men greatly beloved are admitted. Only three highly favored ones could approach the veil of our Lord’s mysterious sorrow. Within that veil even they must not intrude; they remain a stone’s throw apart. He must tread the winepress alone, and of the people there must be none with Him.

Peter and the two sons of Zebedee represent the few eminent, experienced saints who may be written down as “Father”; those doing business on the great waters can in some degree measure the huge Atlantic waves of their Redeemer’s passion. To some selected spirits it is given, for the good of others and to strengthen them for future, special, and tremendous conflict, to enter the inner circle and hear the pleadings of the suffering High Priest; they have fellowship with Him in his sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. Yet even these cannot penetrate the secret places of the Savior’s woe.

“Thine unknown sufferings” is the remarkable expression of the Greek liturgy: There was an inner chamber in our Master’s grief, shut out from human knowledge and fellowship. There Jesus is “left alone.” Here Jesus was more than ever an “unspeakable gift!” Is not Watts right when he sings:

And all the unknown joys he gives,
Were bought with agonies unknown.

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Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God Is Honest with Us about Our Need for Him   

 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

God tells us in His Word exactly what we need to know about our sin. He tells us what we ought to hear about the hardness of living the Christian life. And God tells us what we should know about our need for Him.

God is there to help us. We should try to please and obey Him, but we do not have to rely on our own strength and wisdom to do it. In fact, He wants us to depend on Him for grace and help, rather than trying to do things on our own!

Have you ever seen a toddler try to carry around a gallon of milk? A two-year-old can hardly even lift a gallon of milk, let alone walk around with it! What would probably happen if that toddler was allowed to keep staggering and slogging around with that gallon of milk? Well, the milk would probably get dropped sooner or later, all over the floor. If that little child would like some milk, then an adult will probably have to come and help carry it to the table and pour it into a cup, or else there will probably be a huge mess.

Have you ever tried to please God in your own strength? If so, you have probably learned that you cannot do it! Our strength is too weak! We need God in our everyday lives, and we need God to help us please Him. Here are just a few examples of the thousands of ways we need God.

WE NEED HIS PRESENCE
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5b)

WE NEED HIS STRENGTH
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

WE NEED HIS WISDOM
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

WE NEED HIS INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8)

WE NEED TO TRUST AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
i>”Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5)
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)

WE NEED HIM IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5)
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

As you can tell, we need God! We can be glad that God tells us how it is. He does not smooth over the facts to make them easier or more pleasant for us to hear. He tells us the truth we need to know about our sin (and gives us the solution). He tells us the truth about what to expect in the Christian life (and what He expects from us). And He tells us the truth about how weak we are and how much we need Him (and promises to help). What a wonderful God we have!

God makes it very clear that we must depend upon Him for help, and that He is willing to help us when we do.

My Response:
» Am I trying to please God in my own way and in my own strength?
» What are some things I can rely on God to help me with?

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