Tuesday, November 03, 2015

This week's lesson (October 31 - November 6): symbolic acts

"The best way to predict your future
 is to create it." -- Peter Drucker.
True prophets predict the future.
Except, of course, when they don't.
Take Jeremiah 18, for instance -- a chapter that plays with our usual notions of "Destiny" and "Fate."
  • God is the potter and we are the clay? CHECK
  • God shapes and molds us as He thinks best? CHECK
  • Therefore, our destinies are fixed, our fates have been sealed, and everything proceeds according to the sovereign plans of an omniscient, omnipotent God? UMMMM . . . 
Sorry.
But Jeremiah 18 says God doesn't work that way.
Instead, it pictures prophecy as provisional -- as contingent upon our response.
  • If God promises something good, for instance, then that's no reason to relax.
  • And if God promises something bad, then that's no reason to despair.
  • But do good, says Jeremiah and good things will happen . . . 
Even if God didn't say they would.
Prophecy is not a parade, in other words -- a parade in which everyone marches along the route God told them to go.
Instead, it is a dance -- a dance in which God responds to us as we respond to God . . . 
Not to mention His response to our response to His response . . . 
Okay, I'll stop there.
In short, you never know what God will do -- not even if He's the one who predicted.
But you can always predict what God wants.
Yes, He wants you to be saved.
So what are you going to do about it?

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