By Tony Harriman •
Have you ever wondered why God seems more interested in spending money on clean-up than on prevention. Take the time this next week to keep up with the amount of flooding, earthquake damage, battlefield injuries and fire that will ruin the lives of many citizens of planet earth. Perhaps some gunman will run through a crowded mall or whatever, and wildly discharge his (I would say "or her," but for now it doesn't play out like that) firearm. Another notable celebrity will probably depart this life in some avoidable fashion, leaving us scratching our heads — again.
In the wake of scores of disasters that befall our world come the countless stories of God sending in the missionaries to provide hope where hope was gone, or pallets of food and blankets when the shelves emptied. Doctors and nurses span the globe providing medications to either cure or prevent disease that is often the result of yet another natural disaster. In other words, some crew will inevitably arrive to mop up.
God appears to have a rather special view of information and time; a view to which you and I are not privy. If He wants to announce a prophetic event thousands of years ahead of schedule, well … it's a simple thing for Him to work it out. So what do we suppose is the problem with what you and I call the here and now? Has there been some oversight on the part of God? Is He silent for some vastly bigger plan? Anybody remember the movie "Fiddler on the Roof"? There was a song, "If I Were a Rich man," with a line that ran something like "Would it spoil some vast eternal plan … If I were a wealthy man?" The frustration with which we meet the incomprehension we suffer regarding the purposes of heaven knows no limit. No, it's not just you; I had to read that sentence several times through, slowly, myself, just to make sure I had a good handle on what I meant.
I have no doubt that God can change what we call the future. But if He changes something, if it doesn't work out the way He saw it, did He actually see the future, or did He just see how it could have turned out? And for God, is there any difference? Imagine a huge long pause here while I think this through ..................... And I'm back with the same blank look on my face.
We have to ask the question, why doesn't God give more immediate — not thousands of years — immediate advance warnings of trouble and disaster? What purpose might be served by allowing a tsunami to wash across the land and sweep away, not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of, dare I say it, innocent by-standers? Are there no text-messages of warning? Out of all of us watching and listening to the broadcast coming down from Heaven, Did nobody get the memo? Nobody?
And there, of course, lies part of the problem with communication. Wisdom is trying to share its advice, but the listener hears a totally different language; it's almost like the parent is speaking in tongues — with no interpreter. It's been this way since the beginning: "Don't eat that fruit!" "Don't bow down to that god." "Don't behave like that." And for some bizarre reason, man does it anyway. What more do we think God can do? If we had a heavenly dream filled with divine instruction, we, or at least the people closest to us, would likely put it down to indigestion. If God were to write His will in the sky, we'd start looking around for the stunt pilot.
Where are all the good psychics when you need them? I imagine they're out there still trying to have their first big win. I don't think I've ever seen that headline: "Physic Wins Lottery — Again!"
All joking aside, whatever the reason that God chooses not to be emphatic with us remains to be seen. But I imagine that somewhere beyond the veil, preparations are being made to make it very clear why things have gone the way they have. For now are we seriously going to accuse the single wisest Person in existence of falling down on the job? Perhaps when our kids talk to us that way, they have a pretty good point; after all, we're only human, right? We only see so far. But blindness is not a condition from which God suffers.
Just my take on it ….