Perfect Imperfection

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Imperfections, problems, flaws, defects, blunders, and difficult conditions hound us all. Yet, God is sovereign – fully aware and completely able to alter any of these situations. Therefore, these must be perfect imperfections.

These may result in disasters, cancer, tsunamis, misery and death – but the resurrection of all (Acts 24:15) and the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) will result in our ability to recognize and appreciate God’s relentless love and mercy forever.

Perhaps it could be that the only way for us to really see these amazing and beautiful attributes of our Creator was for us to experience these perfectly orchestrated imperfections for ourselves. Temporary discomforts and even horrible tragedies are choreographed to set the backdrop for us to clearly see Him when we enter the resurrected life.

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill goes forth? (Lamentations 3:38).

I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, Who does all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

Mike Owens
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God’s Will and Man’s Will

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Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:4).

Does God have a will? Of course.

Do men have wills? Of course.

When God’s and man’s wills agree, it is a good day, but what happens when they don’t agree? Whose will takes precedence over the other’s? Most Christians believe that man’s will takes precedence over God’s. They won’t say it that way, but that is their belief. Most Christians will tell you “God gave men free-will and because of that, God won’t interfere with our wishes.” This, of course, only goes so far. The will of a being extends as far as his power. A dog may wish to go outside, but his will cannot be carried out until someone capable of opening the door lets him out. Even then, the dog requires help to carry out his will, for a being that is powerless to perform cannot expected to do so unless there is direct intervention from a superior being. It is foolish to assume a man’s will can carry him to any extent that surpasses his power, however, being that God is all-powerful; it is accurate to say that God can do whatever He wishes.

Clearly, God cannot be omnipotent if all it takes to stop Him is for man to say “No. Sit. Stay.” This is why the doctrine of free-will is a doctrine of creation over Creator. We can either believe that God’s plans will be carried out no matter what man says (Job 23:13; Isaiah 46:10; Ephesians 1:11) or we can believe that God must ask permission before carrying out His will. Either way, the belief that God would be foolish enough to leave the salvation of a creature that cannot save itself up to that creature is not true or even reasonable. If God wants all men to be saved, then it shall be; regardless of the size of the box that man believes he can put God in.

So, how far does man’s will extend? As far as God wills it to extend. Only a fool would entrust a helpless creature with its own salvation. God, being the Governor of the universe, knows that it is His responsibility and His place to choose who He will save, how He will save them, and how quickly man will return to Eden. Man has no choice in the matter and even if God asked for man’s opinion; man does not have the power to back his will with any meaningful action.

May we all trust in the Lord fully. May we trust in Him, as the all-powerful Governor of the universe, to do what we cannot, but more importantly; to do what He wishes whether or not He first consults with us.

Aaron Locker
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Marred in the Hand of the Potter

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I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter. So he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make (Jeremiah 18:3-4).

Let us consider for a moment the billions of humans which the Potter has made. Is it not staggering to realize we have never looked upon one vessel which was not, in some way, marred? Only one Man has trod this earth Who did not sin, and Who was not condemned by Adam’s death sentence. All the rest are marred. Except for Christ, there is not one vessel that could rightfully occupy a place of honor. All are what the pottery shops refer to as “seconds,” which are usually sold only at a great discount.

While most will agree that all humanity bears the pock marks of sin, very few realize that this situation came about, not by some ancient accident, but as the reasonable result of God’s perfect plan. Some have asked, “But how can imperfection play a part in the plan of a perfect God?” We happily answer, “In order to display His unfathomable wisdom and transcendent love.”

Here is peace for all who will ponder these words! For whatever may be their present condition, each vessel still rests secure in His all-sufficient hands. Without Him all life in this vast universe would vanish. In Him we are living, and moving, and are (Acts 17:28). Only when we realize that all, really ALL is still in the hand of the Potter, can we let nothing worry us (Philippians 4:6); for if, in all these many millenniums, God has not chosen to withdraw His hand from these marred pieces of clay, then we can rest in a future equally secure, never doubting that what He has promised, this He will do!

David E. Knoch (1932- 2014)
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