“You would not have called to me if I had not been calling you.” –Lion, The Silver Chair by CS Lewis
Tell me about your choices again. Tell me how you chose your way.
You pick who you marry. You choose where you work. You decided where you eat and what side of the pond you drink from. You choose where you find shelter and you choose where you run.
Have you ever thought about who is giving you those choices? How many things, which you cannot control, are affecting the choices in front of you? Does the color of your skin limit or enhance your options? Does your geographical location affect your possibilities? How does your economic status play into your plans?
Do you choose who you love or does love overcome you? Would that affect who you’d marry? Do you choose what your natural abilities are or were you born with them? Does that affect what you do for a living? Do you have health issues or taste issues that limit your diet? Is that why you chose where you ate?
Whose are you? Did someone place you in this particular pasture or did you decide from some cosmic supernatural pre-birth disposition which field you would roam? Is your mother a prostitute, a farmer’s daughter or a debutante? Is your father a Saudi Arabian king, a Japanese fisherman or a truck driver from Little Rock?
Is there someone else making the big decisions? Is there some unfathomable Infinite who puts designs on us and we travel in the grooves cut out for us?
The ‘me’ in the men, who were created with skill, starts to bristle and kick against the hands at the wheel. The ‘man’ in mankind beats his chest with his fist and flexes his muscles against the One with the Book.
The Book. Older than time if time starts with dirt. The Book was written before the foundation of the world was set.
Everyone on earth whose name was not written from the world’s foundation in the slaughtered Lamb’s Book of Life... -Revelation 13:6
Earth dwellers whose names weren’t written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world … -Revelation 17:8
If that’s true, then where do we come in? What about our choices?
Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. -Psalm 139:16
What about our plans and dreams?
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21 NIV
What if you miss God’s call? What if you decide not to choose Jesus?
‘Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.’ -Jesus, John 6:37
‘You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you…’ -John 15:16
So, now your control is gone. You are at the mercy of One who has written you down and planned you out. Who counts the hairs on your head? Who calls the stars by name? Who spoke the waters and land into existence? Are you greater than He? Are you shivering? You should be. But our hope is that He is Good. If you are worried, you are called. If you are called, you will come running.
Fear has no place in the knowledge of Him. How can you fear when He IS?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 127:1 NIV
Mother’s, stop crying. Preacher’s stop shouting. Friends, stop pushing. He holds on and He doesn’t let go.
Does this upset you? This choosing being limited by choices? Even if you were to deny it, it wouldn’t suddenly open up more choices. You can acknowledge God’s sovereignty or not, but it doesn’t change the Truth. It changes you.
Are you going to object, “So how can God blame us for anything since he’s in charge of everything? If the big decisions are already made, what say do we have in it?” Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? -Romans 9:19-20
God, in all of His terror inducing power, is GOOD (Psalm 145:9), JUST (1Thess1:6) and MERCIFUL (Daniel 9:9). In all of this intentional calling of creation, planning and writing there may be an infringement on your own authority and control. There may be coiling up within against the ‘Sovereign Strong’ (Rev1:8).
The Bible spells out the fact that God is actually God.
Have you not been paying attention? Have you not been listening? Haven’t you heard these stories all your life? Don’t you understand the foundation of all things? God sits high above the round ball of earth. The people look like mere ants…
So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name —so magnificent!…
Why would you ever complain, … or, whine…, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. –(pulled from the last half of Isaiah 40)
So, Who brought you here and why are you afraid?
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1 NIV