“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet without your Father’s knowledge not one of them can fall to the ground.” (Matthew 10:29 REB)I would like to contrast the above words of Jesus with the words of demonically inspired counsel of Job’s friend Eliphaz. Remember, this is one of the friends Job was admonished to make atonement for in the end of his experience, and for good reason. Eliphaz’s words are dangerous and dead wrong! Born from the enemy himself which, if you pay close enough attention, apparently visited Eliphaz personally with such loathsome counsel.
“A word came to me in secret—
a mere whisper of a word, but I heard it clearly.
It came in a scary dream one night,
after I had fallen into a deep, deep sleep.
Dread stared me in the face, and Terror.
I was scared to death—I shook from head to foot.
A spirit glided right in front of me—
the hair on my head stood on end.
I couldn’t tell what it was that appeared there—
a blur . . . and then I heard a muffled voice:
‘How can mere mortals be more righteous than God?
How can humans be purer than their Creator?
Why, God doesn’t even trust his own servants,
doesn’t even cheer his angels,
So how much less these bodies composed of mud,
fragile as moths?
These bodies of ours are here today and gone tomorrow,
and no one even notices—gone without a trace.
When the tent stakes are ripped up, the tent collapses—
we die and are never the wiser for having lived.’
Call for help, Job, if you think anyone will answer!
To which of the holy angels will you turn?” (JOB 4:12-5:1, The Message)
It was this same Eliphaz who said:
“Don’t blame fate when things go wrong—trouble doesn’t come from nowhere.” (Job 5:6, The Message)
Yet Solomon, in his wisdom, did say that fate, or chance is to blame.
“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11, AMP)
Why? Because chance is the fruit of granting free choice. There’s a chance now that things will not go the way we or God desire it! Yet, loving and fulfilling relationships require irrevocable freedom. God is not interested in meticulously controlling all we do or experience! But, in the same breath, let me quickly say that He is meticulously involved in each of our lives. And that, dear reader, is a comforting thought.
He is involved with every detail of your life. Nothing touches you that doesn’t also touch Him! You are not alone! He is ever with you, loving you, drawing you more intimately closer into the embrace of His perfect love. Regardless of what the “chance” of all the infinitely free moral decisions being made every day may throw our way . . . you are being kept watch over by the greatest Lover time and chance have ever witnessed—The great Lover of the Universe, and you are the apple of His eye.
Does that mean that nothing will ever cause you pain? How foolish. He is a God of freedom, not control. What it does mean is that you are never, ever alone! And one day all tears, all pain, and all evil will be seen for what it is and reality will be changed for eternity!
“It is Satan’s work to fill men’s hearts with doubt. He leads them to look upon God as a stern judge. He tempts them to sin, and then to regard themselves as too vile to approach their heavenly Father or to excite His pity. The Lord understands all this. Jesus assures His disciples of God’s sympathy for them in their needs and weaknesses. Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt, not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Father’s heart. The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place, not in a state of inactivity, not in silence and solitude, but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of holy intelligences, all waiting to do His will. Through channels which we cannot discern He is in active communication with every part of His dominion. But it is in this speck of a world, in the souls that He gave His only-begotten Son to save, that His interest and the interest of all heaven is centered. God is bending from His throne to hear the cry of the oppressed. To every sincere prayer He answers, “Here I am.” He uplifts the distressed and downtrodden. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial the angel of His presence is near to deliver.” (White, The Desire of Ages, p. 356)
I wish you God’s best this week.