Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Amazing Grace"

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one."(John: 10. 28) With the promise associated with this verse in the scripture, I find it quite difficult to assume that the lord has altered his word because of the trials and tribulations in our lives that we refer to as failures. Despite our doubts, Tim 55-2:13 "If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself."

 "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (Corinthians 2:12.9)

Samson appeared to be a failure as he was led by a youth to the pillars of the coliseum, blinded by his adversaries. Being forewarned of his parents and brethren of the danger regarding his relationship with Delilah, he was rebellious and ignored their advice. "But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines who had dominion over Israel."(Judges:14.4).

Was Samson acting in his own behalf? Some have gone as far as to refer to him as a backslider. It would APPEAR that Samson was out of the will of God, but nothing could be further from the truth.
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand."psalms 37: 23-24

If we were to place ourselves in the position of Samson's parents when they witnessed the Philistines rejoicing in his defeat and hearing them cry out, "our God dagon has delivered our enemy into our hands," We would consider the advise he neglected from us as the reason for his failure.

Despite logic, the scripture reads "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."(Romans:8.38)

We have been taught (religion) and are under the impression, that we have control over our own destiny and  have been given the right to chose our own fate

Our younger children are free agents, but if they were to make the decision to go play ball in the middle of a freeway, would we oppose their decision, or allow them to exercise there right to chose. If we were to allow them to do so, we would be considered to be unfit parents, correct ?, and  most likely lose custody of them. We can rest assured that our God is not an unfit father. "he that I love I rebuke and I chasten" The lord did not create robots, but an army of children.

For I am PERSUADED, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus in all this things we are more than conquers threw him that loved us.".(Romans:8.39)

As parents the majority of us would do what ever is possible too defend, and protect our sibling, Ask yourself  is God an unfit fit father.