COGITATING HERE AND THERE

 

God Writes a Great Story by Christina Fox speaks of the Bible and our lives as stories written by God. We know our story. The Bible tells the story of how God redeemed us.

Why does Fox look at her relationship with God this way? God is a Story Maker. God makes stories, including our stories. We only tell stories, but God makes real stories out of nothing.

We like to think we are in control. Are we, or are we characters molded to perform in a vast play? Contemplate Romans 9. Consider Paul’s questions.

Romans 9:14-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

What is our responsibility? Are we just clay in God’s Hands? Not entirely. Based upon Philippians 3:14-16, TLP Inspiration: July 3.0, 2018 by  Don Merritt provides a post on planning, plotting our next move.

Here we are at the chess board, looking intently at the pieces on the table and trying to plot our next move… but this is no game−  it’s life.

Each of us has life moves to make; each of us needs a strategy and a plan… (continued here)

Well, God expects something from us, but it isn’t always what we expect. In Some things never change, ColorStorm includes the following as one of his favorite comments.

‘I once got really aggravated with atheists and threw a bit of a fit. There was one in particular that just irritated me. In the process of praying and venting my frustration, God left me sputtering by informing me that the guy actually leads more people to Christ than many Christians do. Oh ouch, and so true!’ (from here)

Think that comment on ‘s post funny? Well, check out one of Kia Kia‘s numerous examples. Here he offers a comment on Obscene Christian Talk by John Branyan John Branyan.

Is Kia an atheist?  Maybe not, but he is definitely an apostate, and that is worse. Yet it is worst for him, not me. So even though my first reaction is to get angry with him, what would be the point? Our Lord is entirely in control. If He knew what to do with that pharaoh, surely he knows what use to make of Kia in His story.

My part is to do my part, and that doesn’t mean I have to get angry. Sometimes it is better just to shake one’s head and point out the silliness.

It pays not to take ourselves too seriously. I do, of course, so I know the consequences from my own poverty. We are just players in a great play on a huge stage, actors and actresses who will do what the Director planned from eternity.

Still, there is that nagging question. Do we have a choice? Apparently, we do, but none of us understands exactly what that means. We just know the Bible holds the promise of Heaven or Hell, one or the other. Yet even that stark choice should hold a bit of humor for those who know themselves as saved. Consider Hell is a Dry Heat… by insanitybytes22. Remember we are all God’s children.

When a kid is wounded, and we are all God’s kids, you have to just sow grace on them, pray it hits fertile soil, and then do it all over again. Grace has a substance to it, love has an evidence, they are tangible things one must acquire a taste and a longing for. If one has always had them, I suppose it might be hard to understand that, but grace, love, and hope are an acquired taste, they must be learned, they must be taught, they must be modeled. You have to show them what it looks like. (continue here)

Because God is love, when we love each other, we perform our part in His story. When we love, we teach our fellow actors and actresses how to participate in the play.

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  1. I like your choice of did, cogitating instead of meditation.

    In our contemporary world, some people think meditating is done by gurus. Others think becuze some gurus use tmarijuana or other more potent drugs to adjust their brains into motion to think, and they believe they are meditating when in fact all they are doing is screwing up their brain functions.

    We don’t need anything but what God gave us to truly cogitate about what our lives should be abou

    In other words when we arrived from our mothers womb, there weren’t any drug package accessories that were supplied by God.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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    1. @Scatterwisdom

      Meditation use to be a good word. We really should not let confused and scheming people get away with calling their nonsense something it is not. Transcendental Meditation is a stupor without drugs. Does not involve thinking so it is not meditation.

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  2. I really enjoy these posts Tom where you link up with others and get a blended version of different mindsets on important topics. Plus they point me to posts from my favorite bloggers and some new ones that I may have missed.

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  3. Good stuff,Tom. I like how you tie these different blogs together and tell a story. It’s kind of like we’re all standing around an elephant describing it from different angles. But it’s the same elephant! That is what is really remarkable to me. I also appreciate the links because I can go discover some new blogs. New to me anyway.

    We really are a story being written or a song being played. Some scientists actually got together not long ago and set a strand of dna to music. They discovered we actually do all have an energy, a song written right into us. Not only can energy not be created or destroyed, there is a Conductor directing the music.

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    1. @IB

      Thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed the post. When I put together a post like this, I am often surprised by the result. I have to give most of the credit to folks like you, the writers I borrowed from.

      DNA to music? Makes me think of the computer wizards who designed print jobs that made the old mainframe printers play music. Some guy apparently realized that each character, when hammered to print, produced a unique note.

      What puzzles me is how those biochemists figured out what note a strand of DNA produces. That would take an exceptionally good ear.😉

      I will have to look up the DNA music. Should be interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  4. Great words, Tom and the blending of others’ thoughts into your own demonstrates how we are more than actors with scripted lives. God has built free will within us for a purpose. Having been an actor, memorizing lines of someone else and building a character is a complex process. Still the act of living life is full of so many exciting surprises, I much prefer being myself.

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  5. We play our part in his story. Simple but deeply eloquent.

    And you play a part that I am not gifted for, and your maestro like compilation of these things, drawing from this or that, him or her, all make that symphony. I’m reminded that the ‘agreement’ in fellowship is like music, a sound not possible by just one instrument, hence, we all work together.

    Truly otherworldly, but of benefit and value NOW. Sounds and music impossible to make by only one instrument, hence the body has many members, all playing our part in His story as you say.

    The grace of God has no competitor, and God has enabled you CT in a good way, and i’m certain many others will agree with a hearty accord! Tkx for your tireless work, including my contribution alongside other good people.

    (and an observation you made which is probably correct, that an apostate is no doubt a far more danger than a cold blooded atheist; it’s that profession of lukewarmness and ‘once a believer’ that is painful to hear)

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