Wednesday, June 19, 2013

God's Playing Pinball

And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job. (Job 1:8)

God's Playing PinballReady. Set. Go.

Lights flashing, bumpers jigging, the flippers beneath His thumbs, God's started a game of pinball, seeing who He can bump back into the game of life and who falls, oops, through the hole.Five minutes of play, and this one's still bouncing around up there, but that one's gotten stuck between bumpers. And gee whiz, look at her over there scoring points.

Friends, there's no truth to that. God isn't haphazardly rearranging things for His own entertainment. No way. God had it all planned out from the beginning. When the Word was with God and was God. (Jn 1:1) Right then, He knew what He'd have to do.

He knew Adam and Eve would sin. Cain would kill Abel. Noah would survive the flood on a boat. He new Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Samuel, Elisha, Isaiah, King David, and Hagar, Rachel, Mary, Joseph, Anna the prophetess, all twelve disciples, and the one who'd betray him, as well as Paul, and you and me and every other person who's ever been born, lived, loved, and died.

He had a plan, a plan He executed to the finest detail, a plan He succeeded at, was victorious over, pulled off. Even better, afterward, He gave that plan to you and me.

"Here's what we're gonna do," He said. "You go left, but watch for that field of thorns. You go right, be prepared for some flak. You hold steady, I'll carry you over the tough places." He was not a simple game player, left to the whim of the other team. He's the coach. He's the coach of the coach.

He's the ultimate strategist. He knows all the figures, the stats, the how-things-ought-to-be's. He's got it all stored up here in the old noggin' and better yet, the power to pull it off. That's where He's different. He's bigger and stronger and higher and faster and way, way smarter than some scrawny know-nothing, conquered devil.

He can enforce the rules and generate the strength needed to carry it all through. Without teams or leagues, handlers or bouncers. He wrote the playbook. He designed the board. But not chess, or pinball, or baseball, or soccer. More boxing, only the enemy's got his hands tied and we're wearing the gloves. Plus, he's about an inch high and under our feet. (Eph 1:22)

He tried to tell Satan that in the first chapter of Job. We've had it all wrong. That wasn't, "Have you considered how weak and puny, how vulnerable Job is? Maybe you should go after him." 

That was, "Have you looked at Job? There's no one like him. Perfect. Upright. You lose, Satan, he loves me. He fears me. He worships me."

That was Satan saying, "Yeah, and You've protected him and blessed him and multiplied him. I've noticed. I can see."

That wasn't God replying, "Yeah, but you take him. He's yours." But instead, "Despite all that I've done, his fear has put him in your hands."

And God, thirty-eight chapters later saying, "Job, you don't know what you're talking about." (Job 38:2)

And Job replying, "I'm an idiot. I'm shuttin' up." (Job 42:3)

God having the last say, the last laugh, the final countdown and blessing Job with twice as much as he had before. Blessing! Not taking. Not removing. Not putting him through something so he'll see what life is like at the bottom. (Job 42:12)

Because none of that is in God's plan. God sent Jesus to die, not to stay dead, but to resurrect. Jesus Himself was looking toward that. Jesus knew by dying, we'd live, and we'd have the upper hand and all the plans for our future laid out before us. (Heb 12:2)

God knew exactly what He was starting when He breathed life into Adam. He knew what bringing Eve into the mix would create. He saw the future laid out with all our choices, our missteps, our losses and our gains, and He held steady over eons of time, always faithful, always helpful, always hands open, arms extended, ready to take us the next step forward.

No matter sometimes we don't understand it. No matter, because God's the same as He's always been, the same as He'll always be, with the best of the best for us now and then and hereafter.

No greater love than this
That you should lay down your life
For someone such as me
I'd spend a life time wondering why
The beauty of heaven is here in my heart
And I know there can be
No greater love
Than this

Suzanne D. Williams  
Suzanne Williams Photography  
Florida, USA 

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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