One of the biggest fool jokes that I know of is that we humans can actually choose to become believers in God.
Is it God who acts and speaks life into us, or is it our decision and action that ultimately tips the scale in favor of belief?
According to the scriptures, it’s the former.
God’s Word actually does something. (all by itself…without our help!)
You may not agree and that’s fine. I’m just here to tell you that you are dead wrong …that’s all.
Let’s go back to the beginning. The very beginning. Genesis. How in the world did God create… the world? If you answered, “He spoke” …go to the head of the class. God didn’t need a hand from another entity, let alone one that He had already created, to help Him create. God doesn’t need our cooperation when it comes to His wanting to create anything… whether it’s a bird, a tree, or faith in Himself. If He wants to, God can make the stones shout. Quite frankly, I think that would be a much easier task for God to do, than to create faith in Himself within the likes of us.
When one is in the path of the living Word of God, one is at risk for change. God’s Word actually does something. “God’s Word never returns void, it accomplishes what it sets out to do.” (Isaiah 55:11)
“Yeah, but we have to do this, and we have to do that, in order for the puzzle to come together the way God wants it to.”
That is the old Adam spewing forth ‘the sinful self’. That is the old Adam/Eve not wanting to relinquish control. That is a refusal to let God be God and the striving of a created being to become a god, in and of himself. That’s all that is. Period.
“Yeah but!…” Enough of that “yeah but” horse dung! The “yeah but”, must be killed off and God will do that when we preach His Word faithfully. When the law of God is preached in it’s intended manner (to kill off the old Adam and Eve) and not as watered down principles for living, the death of the old Adam can happen, and the new man/woman can be born when the gospel (the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name) is proclaimed. God also does this killing and raising in baptism and holy communion. I feel a “yeah but” coming on! That old Adam/Eve in us just won’t leave it alone. “It can’t be that easy.” It wasn’t that easy…a man had to die… on a cross, no less! Do you think it was easy for God to manifest His Son as a servant, and then see him ridiculed, mocked, beaten, and staked to wood and left to die by the very ones He created and came to save?
Easy? Are you kidding me?
God’s Word creates, it destroys, and it re-creates. It does what It wills to do and not what we will It to do. (why is that so hard to understand? )
“Yeah but …you mean, He really is God?
Yes He is…and that’s no joke.
– Steve M.
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