November 29, 2017
A Good and Godly Arrangement
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
It was a far-fetched plot, but nevertheless entertaining and touching. In a new TV movie, The Christmas Train, two former war correspondents who had been in love years earlier meet again aboard a train on its four day cross-country journey. She is now a writer for a successful Hollywood director who is also on board. He is now a feature writer looking for a story about Christmas on a train. Would their random meeting reignite their love for each other? Even with all the characters involved and plot twists, it turned out to be less random and more arranged than the viewer would suspect. Circumstances were put in place, but still they had to choose what they would do with those opportunities to find love with each other again.
Paul, in speaking to the Greeks in Athens, proclaims to them that the god they seek does not act randomly. Since the beginning, he has determined the places where people will live and arranged the circumstances so that they would seek after Him. Yet the arrangement itself did not guarantee that all would seek their Savior. Though He calls and equips us by the Spirit to respond to His gracious invitation, God also allows for people to resist His grace.
As we approach another Advent, we are reminded again of how God chose the time, the place, and the people to help us to find His love. When the time was right, God sent forth His son to redeem and reconcile us to Himself through the blood of the cross. Though it looks like a far-fetched plot to unbelievers, for who believe, it is indeed a good and Godly arrangement.