I need to be direct: what does God author?
This incredibly powerful picture of Haystack Rock—my heaven on earth and in my last breath I hope I’m within eyesight of it—has a declaration that can lead to a notion.
I take it on. Directly. It’s the verb.
It says, “God uses uncertainty.”
That DOES NOT MEAN God provides uncertainty. That does not mean God gives uncertainty.
In other words, the only agency of uncertainty for God is that uncertainty is a human condition, a consequence of freedom, that we need God to confront and at least reduce if not remove.
In other words, evil…bad decisions…making mistakes…none of that is the agency of God.
I’ve battled that all my life because people, more than I can count, put EVERYTHING ON GOD’S SHOULDERS. THEY SEE GOD AS POINTING FINGERS AND TSSKING AT OUR WAYWARDNESS.
No, a thousand times no.
I will not believe let alone embrace a God who puts on us the plaguing of life. Sure, Exodus offers a twist on that. But I live in my world today.
And, my God is like Haystack Rock…a presence that is stable and reliable and trustworthy.
Okay. Smatter with cynicism, scoff with derision. I don’t really get caught up in your dismay. I get caught up in your mischief…and even more in mine!
My “NEED” for God is to never give up on me, to be merciful in judgment and to know that I’m okay. Down deep I’m okay…no matter what.
So. The untoward is not caused by God. It’s a REMINDER that my need for God…is real…in the worst moments…but also in the best moments. For God is needed to keep arrogance in the good times, and anguish in the bac times, from running things…let alone my life.
How are you with this? What I conclude is my hope…my goal…my belief that finding the cause of what happens is so less important than finding the purpose of what happens. What does it lead to? How about you?