Good morning. It is Monday, November 22, 2021.
If God forced us to love Him, that would not be love. If God destroyed Satan and his angels when there was division in heaven, the rest of His created beings would worship Him out of fear.
No, God needed to allow this ‘sin project’ to play out. In so doing, He is allowing all created worlds and all created beings to see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears the horrors of sin.
When this is all ‘said and done’ there will be no doubt that God’s way is better. There will be no doubt that Satan is a liar and a deceiver and there is no truth in him.
John 8:44 puts it bluntly, speaking of the devil, “…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” ESV
Last week I wrote about choice. I want to stay there for a minute. Pastor Kip calls it our “one superpower.”
We were given the ability to choose.
We have the power of choice. Do we follow Jesus? Or do we follow Satan? There really is no middle ground.
Yes, we have the power of choice, however, and this is very important, God has a plan for your life!
God gave YOU the power to choose but He has the plan.
Psalm 139 paints this intimate picture of God knowing us and planning for us even before we were born!!
“Psalm 139 is one of the grandest of all the Psalms, for it brings us face to face with the majesty and power of God. Immediately it exalts God as all-knowing and omnipresent, and clearly shows that all of man's life is in God's hands.” - THE BACKGROUND OF PSALM 139 E. J. YOUNG, Ph.D.
“This great and self-evident truth, That God knows our hearts, and the hearts of all the children of men, if we did but mix faith with it and seriously consider it and apply it, would have a great influence upon our holiness and upon our comfort.” Matthew Henry - Commentary on Psalm 139
I will leave you with this and encourage you to trust, follow and love the God of Psalm 139:
God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life. – Psalm 139 The Message Version