Our Divine Creator, who is always for the restoration of our wholeness and is never against us, takes a seat on His heavenly throne. There are millions of people littering the passions of His heart and the calculations of His thought. He has an entire universe to govern eternally. To my small human mind, it is an impossibility of responsibility. But the Creator is fit for the task. He looks down at His invisible hands and is mesmerized by the beautiful waves of gift giving that drip like honey through His fingers unto the peoples of the world. Golden rays of favor are flowing. And He loves them. O how He loves them. Deep within the cavity of His chest exists a pain; the agony and ecstasy of being God to a divided and brawling universe. Everyday a killing, a stealing and destroying. Mankind is never trustworthy. And while the hands of Divinity drip gold, the Mastermind of organization is walking barefoot on the planet speaking a word of truth to realign the behaviors of the people with justice and truth. Broaden your view. The Creator has an awful lot to feel, to think and to do. And He does all of it in love.
So today, just an ordinary day, the sons of God, the heavenly hosts as we often know them, gather around this Divine King. They are a host of viceroys that have been strategically placed over regions and provinces to administer justice according to the Creators heart. And today they come to give an account of their responsibilities. The Divine King looks up to acknowledge His beloved intercessors and spies an unwelcome guest among them.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the Adversary) also came among them,” Job 1:6. “Adversary”, his name says it all. An adversary is one’s opponent in a contest, conflict or dispute. Satan was the Creator’s adversary in all three. The Creator and His Adversary were engaged in a contest, a conflict and a dispute. From God’s perspective, there was no real contest, conflict or dispute. He was the Divine and Eternal Governor of the Universe. Nothing could dispute that authority. Nevertheless, “gods” and creatures continually attempt to challenge and deny that the Creator has the right to such authority. From God’s perspective, He has this authority and He has no need to prove it. So, while cosmic powers and created things gain momentum to rally against it, Psalm 2 says, “He who sits in the heavens laughs.” God knows that none can do anything to change the created order. When we humans are challenged in our authority, we tend to panic and pursue control of those under us. God does no such thing. He sits back. He shakes His head. He wonders at our lack of stability and loss of energies over the ordeal. Isaiah 40: 22-24 says, “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its habitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are the planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” No contest.
But it gets a little more complicated when we bring into play the longings of the Creators heart. “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…” Isaiah 43:1-3. Mine. A possessive term. God’s heart possesses humanity. We are not a controlled possession. We are a creation that He lives with. He passes through the intimate experiences of our lives as though they were His very own to be concerned about. It is a heartbreaking scenario. The heart of the Creator will certainly be broken over and over again.
To be continued….