But God is Reliable Not Predictable-Lent 22, 2021

When God sets an order that bucks with tradition, what do we do? 
Think He made a mistake?  Think the traditions are not applicable anymore? 
Question His goodness or faithfulness? 
It may sound odd, But God is reliable, not predictable.

Genesis 48:17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh. ‘” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.

Why would God want to be reliable but not predictable?  Reliability is related to character and God’s character is one of faithfulness, integrity, holiness.  Predictability is related to process, thought, and will, behaving in a way that could be determined by someone else in advance.   If we could predict God and His every move, we would be gods.  That will never do!  As we continue our Lenten series, “But God…” and learn to live at peace with the City of Man while awaiting the City of God, we should be glad that He is fully reliable and faithful as His character, but without burdening us with full understanding of His will.

Lord, we thank You that You do not burden us with knowledge of Your return, Your judgment, Your will for us individually, or Your plan for us as a community of people.  It would be more than we could bear were we to know in advance all things…lifespans of family members, eternal outcomes, tragedies, and blessings.  It would change how we act, probably for the worse.  We thank You that the urgency of Your imminent return, the brevity of life, and our ignorance of the future serve to forge a greater dependence upon You.  May we look to You in good times and bad, health and sickness, being grateful for everything You have done for us.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.

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