A secret and revealed will of God

Good Monday morning to you all,

I read from Hebrews 10.36;
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

I heard a story shared with urgency last week. After many years of great service to a company, a single parenting mum with two children lost her job . It was implemented immediately and without any plausible explanation. Looking to the near future it’s very rough situation to be in, especially in a country with high unemployment, no social insurances and a few generations of her family to feed at her home.

I read, the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29.

My thoughts swerve to the “Will of God”.

I reflect, there is the secret will of God and the revealed will of God, or in other terminology: Decreed and desired, sovereign and moral permitted and commanded and decretive and perceptive will of God.
Others say, there is but one will of God; however, there is a distinction in the objects to which His will relates.

W. Brakel writes “God commanded Abraham to sacrifice and kill His son Isaac; nevertheless, it was not God’s will that Isaac would die. This became evident from the outcome. There is a distinction here between the command and the result. God’s command was His revealed or preceptive will, which was the basis for Abraham’s behavior. He had to do everything which would contribute to the death of his son, which he also did. The result—that the death of Isaac would not take place by Abraham’s activity—was another matter and belonged to the secret will of God’s decree which Abraham perceived afterward when the voice of God prevented him. Or as Paul writes in Romans 8:28, In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God decrees that all things will be used for the good of His children and for the glory of Himself. Back to the very beginning of our walk with Him; We chose to follow Him because He chose us first!

I wonder how then, do all of these thoughts help the mum in desperate need for God’s intervention. For sure, a reminder to keep tapping into the God’s ways,  that His ways are higher then ours, and all accompanied with a call to prayer and communication with Him: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Matt. 6:10″, adding with the appeal for the revealed will of God to be followed on earth.

In many of the stories of the Bible it seems like the secret will of God is not to be revealed or solved but are there, so that we can witness God’s sovereignty at its most brilliant when he magnifies his wisdom in human weakness. May his sovereign will, secret will, or the will of God’s good pleasure and purposes and Godly intentions come to past.

I conclude and close the spiritual circle I opened with a short story to imply the other side of the circle with a  favorite emphasis you’ve heard quite a lot of in my messages:

A pastor passes and greets a farmer, looking at the first green plants growing on his field.  The pastor says to the farmer; wow – incredible,  you and God have come a long way with this field! The farmer answers; oh yes you should have seen the field before I started farming – when it was just His field!

I wish you all a wonderful week!

Philemon

To move beyond our present mindset

Metanoia

“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts, where neither sin, nor desire, nor self-knowledge, can reach the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only we could all see each other that way!”
Thomas Merton

Many years ago I moved to Switzerland but felt much indifference to the country I was a passport holder of. I often realized through a form of dispassion or detachment building up in me, especially in getting to know new people. A few years later, I sat and chatted in a circle of unknown people at a youth hostel of Edinburgh. It was there I realized my apathy had vanished and had nothing to do with the country, but had to do with my primary emotional language being English. This lead to a “metanoia” and changing of mind to many things I had groaned or had been bickering about! Metanoia may refer to a rebuilding, a healing, a correction or repenting. Spiritually it is far more. “Something incomparable happens to an individual confirming that God now controls the heart and soul.” The word is often used in the NT in the basic idea of repentance. Yet it’s far more: “a changing of mind, thinking differently, an afterthought expressed with an emotion of regret or sorrow”. It can also mean a return to God in a very practical sense”. Overall a change of direction is implied, ultimately beginning with how we think and what we regard as truth. When Jesus asks us to “repent”, to do metanoia, what he is asking is that we cease identifying ourselves with the “small, narrow, confined soul” but instead begin to live out of our other the “the large, big, wide, expansive, embracing soul”. Metanoia (meta – beyond and nous – mind) means to move beyond our present mindset, beyond our present way of seeing things.

I wish you that glimpse and renewed mindset this week, the one that Thomas Merton had in his revelation; seeing with God’s eyes into the depths of your heart and that of those around you! Philemon

Philemon

Doubt makes the mountain which faith can move!

Good morning all,

an Iranian proverb says:

“Doubt makes the mountain, which faith can move.”

Doubt, a not knowing, just like other cases of being uncomfortable, can be a great incentive for personal growth. Mountains, a large pile or amount of something higher than the usual. Faith, something believed with strong conviction. Hebrews 11.1; Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Yes, knowing is much more comfortable and easier than not knowing. Quick and easy answers are a convenient and easy way out of our discomfort. It is the fast food equivalent in our hunger for grand answers and spiritual fulfillment. Some people convince themselves to be absolutely certain they know the answers. Sometimes it is even absurd to take things on faith, without doubting or testing them in any way and go on preaching that you really do have the answers. This proverb makes us walk around issues, test the waters, build conviction, not seek the easy way out, but challenge the mountain and move it in faith! Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get on the path, take steps again, be uncomfortable, have doubt, ask questions, not know it all or have all the answers. Then as we have faith in Him we might just be on the way to discovering something absolutely new and incredible again this week!
Stay inspired!
Philemon

Nursed in Darkness

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness. J. Genet

Monday 04/2017

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. O. Mandino. This week we lay to rest our dear friend and brother Enver. In speech and sharing we spoke of the hope of his transition, even as he descended to the grave. In all the sorrow there was the hope and knowing that he was transitioning to a wonderful place. Despite the negative reputation of darkness there is another and powerful aspect. Darkness is also fertility. Everything that has not yet come into being is held in darkness; the seed that will become a flower, the child who is not yet born. The deepest and most unexplored parts of your soul are held in a loving darkness until it is time for you to manifest them or bring them into the light. Even in grieving the darkness can reach you, because the sharp edges of light are too painful. Darkness can come to you to comfort you and keep you safe, it comes to you as a loving presence to protect you while you are vulnerable. Darkness is also essential to our biological welfare, our internal clockwork, as light regulates our waking and sleep rhythms. So fundamental are these rhythms to our being that altering them is like altering gravity. God is divine, God is Light, but God is also so vast and incomprehensible. He came to this world in Jesus, but the world rejected Him, yet He became King. “God’s future came forward to meet us in the present” Nt. Wright. There is yet uncreated light and there is the absence of light that is perceived as darkness. Yet in the divine dance of God there has been created the two, to birth the new and the renewal to replace the present. “Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing. Psalm 98 7-8. I wish you His presence as you nurse or endure within you an absence of light or a “good” darkness, may that become fertile and bring forth the new, that which God has planned for this coming week!
Philemon