Do it again

Last Sunday we sang a new song with the lyrics: “I believe I’ll see You do it again”. A beautiful song about trusting God when you are in doubt. ‘God helped us before and He will do it again.’ But at the next sentence they lost me; “You moved a mountain and You will do it again”.

It reminded me of an interview with a famous Dutch TV personality who made a remark about Jesus, “Can’t He just go to the cross again?”and then bursted in to tears and said sobbing “How could I ask that?”

The mountain Jesus moved is the mountain of evil. That was a one time only event and it was sufficient. (Hebrews 9:26, 10:14). He made a public spectacle of evil and took away its power to keep us from God (Colossians 2:15, Romans 8:35).

Jesus told us that WE, with a small faith, could move a mountain. (Matthew 21:21)

At the feeding of the five thousand, the multiplication of five loaves of bread and two fish so thousands could eat and had plenty, Jesus gave thanks, broke the loaves. and he gave them to the disciples, and they gave it to the people. The disciples were the ones that saw the bread and fish multiply in their hands. (Matthew 14:19)

When God made mankind, He made them rulers over the earth and the animals (Genesis 1:28). He made them rulers over the works of His hands (Psalm 8:6). He has given us intellect and creativity so we could make something beautiful out of it and He has given us His nearness in case we need help with it (Genesis 3:8, John 15:16-18).

We are the ones that are responsible, we are the ones who should move our mountains. God has given us with the Holy Spirit everything we need to do that.

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2). He will make a way. Not because He will come to the rescue like a superman to take away all of my problems, but because He is next to me and supports me and gives me the know how I need to handle it. (Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13, Galatians 5:22, James 1:5)

I believe in miracles. I believe God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). I even believe God has already given us everything in Christ. If He did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

I believe this all to be true and yet, I most of the time don’t see healing when I pray for healing. God does give the gift of healing and Jesus was continuously healing people, so He can do it. But why doesn’t He? Why doesn’t He give me the possibility to heal people?

Everybody, Christian or non Christian from time to time collides with this question. If God is omnipotent, why ….?

If miracles never happened, you could say God gave the earth into our care and He doesn’t want to interfere with our job.

But now and again I clearly see God interfering and in a lot more situations I think He has something to do with it.

The Lord doesn’t abandon the works of His hands (Psalm 138: 8). He has a plan with us and the earth and He takes care that plan will work out. It is the history of the world that started in Genesis 2:4 en in Revelations 21:1. We are part of that history. We can play a part in making this history happen. I have no idea how, but as mankind we play an important role.

In meteorology climate and weather are connected, likewise God and mankind are connected. On the basis of the weather you can say something about the climate and vice versa, but only if you look long term at the larger picture. The weather of one day on one place doesn’t tell you much about the climate and the climate doesn’t say much about the weather of tomorrow.

God has done it. He made it possible and has put it in our hands. But He didn’t let go of us. He is connected with us as we are with Him (John 14:20). This way we work together to make Gods plan happen. How exactly will remain a mystery. We will have to trust God that He knows what He is doing and that it is good what He does. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”(1 Corinthians 13:12). Then we will understand Gods motivations and I don’t doubt for one second I will say “O, but that makes perfect sense. It couldn’t have been done better.” Until that time I will sometimes wonder if this really was the best possible option, with all the misery I read and hear about every day

“I believe I’ll see You do it again”? No, I believe You all ready have done it. I don’t have to wait until You do something. It is only a matter of time before I see what You have already done.