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A Comfort Beyond All-Knowing

To discover something does not bring it into existence. What brings anything to life is relationship.


No organism comes into being or can exists  on its own. because it is bound to the nature of life found only in the nature of God. 

Sin destroys life through the effects of adversity, misfortune, bad luck, hardships, disaster, suffering, tragedy, and ultimately takes life away.  

These are realities not of our own doing. Just as God is the source of life and relationships, Satan is the source of death. In all of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Satan is the adversary that has brought adversity into being. One of the variations of the Hebrew word for Satan is יָרִיב. In Greek the word is σατανάς. It means adversary. Just as God is life and relationship, Satan is the loss of life and relationship. 


When we turn to the first verse in the Bible we read the following. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The Hebrew word for create here used is bara, בָּרָא. Over time an argument appeared as to the difference between two words, bara and asah עָשָׂה, which means to make. 


Theistic evolutionists accept the millions of years taught by scientists that life is developmental—as we are taught to think of it today.

Let’s return to the human eye. There are scientists who now are able to speak of the wonders of the human eye in terms of the billions and billions of intricate, interacting and ongoing relationships that are involved in enabling the eye to see.  Being able to see these wonders does not put one in touch with the creator of relationship.  That is the flaw in any worldview. It is unable and unwilling to acknowledge a creator which attests to the reality that we have life through relationship with God. 


For that reason we are caught up in a battle, one that is cosmic, universal and everywhere. 

The apostle Paul does testify to this battle. 

 “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:19 


We fight the battle in the same way. We wish we could be better people to prove to others that faith in God works. Paul did the same. He had asked God to take away some of the adversities in his life so that he could be a better person.

 

“But he [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 


Elsewhere Paul witnessed to God’s abiding presence in his life. 

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.


No one vacillated more than the impetuous and impulsive apostle Peter. Read what Jesus said to him.


 “Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns." Matthew 16:23 


Just as Jesus will ever let those who believe in Him, out of their sight, what he said to Peter is proof of this.  


 “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:32 


There is such power and comfort God gives to us as Peter writes. 


“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 


God who holds us in a relationship to Him, through Jesus Christ,  proves this to be so in the life of Joshua.  Joshua assumed leadership of Israel after Moses. The following are the words God left with Joshua and us as well.

 

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 


Faced with the onslaught of the angels of darkness, James writes these words of comfort for us.  


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 


Does that mean that the follower of Christ graduates into a new level of service, becoming like “Little Christ’s?” What Martin Luther meant when he used the expression,  “Christians are little Christ’s,” was that we are to love the Father as do Christ and the Holy Spirit.


Isaiah as one of the greatest prophets of all time. Read of the battle taking place in Isaiah.


 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips. Isaiah 6:1-5a 


Paul comforts his young Christian friend, Timothy. There will be terrible times in the last days, Paul tells him.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power.

 Have nothing to do with such people. 


They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7 


Finally, God’s abiding word gives us the comfort and assurance we need. 

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:2-4