The God Who Gambles
it is true that men are great at creation and manipulation. God, alas, is on another level. ...
I have been feeling a longing to move house of late. I have taken
We all have our illusions of freedom, a faith in our capacity to do what we want at any time we want with
Whenever we move our life's chess pieces around on our side of the board, there is always another movement, not only on the other side of the board but on our own side as well. Which means as we manoeuvre our life situations, other hand moves another piece simultaneously in our lives as well. You may see this as some kind of
Man thinks his ability to run around and manipulate situations puts him at the apex of this world. This is technically true. Atheists and humanists are right. Humans are on a
So it is true that men are great at creation and manipulation. God, alas, is on another level.
The book of Job shows God in one of His most carefree mood, showing the ability to switch things up at a whim and the audacity to back it up in the face of criticism. Despite my description, the book of Job can't be described as comforting. In the hard light of facts, it reveals a God who loves a gamble, using the lives of people at His disposal as chips while hedging his bets. Still, it shows a side of the God that is sovereign. Yes, that is the word. Sovereign. This "sovereign" tendency is not a quality that is the most pleasant to deal with. This is because this aspect of God operates outside of all influences, on earth and in heaven.
I aim to take a cursory look at the book of Job in the forthcoming months, at least for the rest of this year. My posts on this will be a bit sporadic (at least once a month). I aim to try, by God's help, to pick out little pockets of patterns that exist under this "sovereign" mannerism. But that is not all. The Job's interaction with people and God during his unfortunate calamity is also of interest to me. I hope to learn one or two things from it by using this book as a template. So yeah, let's see what we've got here.
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