Since God Exists in the Eternal Present, Does It Matter When He Deals with It?
I was talking with my wife this morning about how much life has changed. When I was a kid, I thought as a kid. I played as a kid. My world centered around school, my friends, and what we did for fun and play. That was our world.
The world has progressively moved to the point where we now sit. Socialized medicine is now the law of the land. Same-sex unions have also redefined the word “marriage.” Iran was just given the green light to move ahead with their nuclear program. Immediately thereafter, they let out a very loud war-whoop and tried to contain their own hysteria. In the end, they failed to keep themselves in check, so beside themselves were they about being given the farm without having to really give anything back at all.
In the 1960s, America began to change in earnest. Prayer and the Ten Commandments were removed from schools. It became legal to murder unborn children (abortion). The Civil Rights era was also upon us as was the Feminist Movement. All of these things were designed to break America free of her moorings, changing her forever as she morphed into a system that is diametrically opposed to our Constitutional Republic: Marxism.
Marxism has done its work and if you ask the average leftist why they do what they do, they will mumble some formulaic answer that it’s for the best or what have you. In truth, these people have been taught that “revolution” is the answer so that’s what they do, on a continual basis. Without it, they grow bored and restless and don’t even realize it.
It really doesn’t even matter what the outcome of the revolution is as long as the process moves us away from the Constitution and biblical values. Most on the left side of the aisle have no real life experience living under Marxist rule. What they know, they’ve learned in books and many authors can make Marxism sound so euphoric in many ways, almost inviting. But because these leftists have no experience living under an actual Marxist regime, they are truly clueless, but Marxism is truly alive…in their imaginations.
It’s like someone believing themselves to be a top-notch mechanical engineer because they’ve read every book on the subject but in the end, they have absolutely no practical experience. Without that, they are worthless. Such is what America is becoming, filled with three types of people; 1) those who hate Marxism because they see its actual track record throughout history, 2) those who love Marxism because of the books they’ve read and explanations for the failures of Marxism in history based on what they’re fed from those same books, and 3) people who have no real clue because they’re not smart enough (or interested enough) to know the difference.
Those of us in the first category (those who hate Marxism as the godless, evil system it is), are often frustrated with what we see happening in America. Today, there were several attacks in Tennessee on military-related offices (not on military bases). In both cases, gunmen fired upon a recruiting station or military reserve office. The facts are still coming out, but it appears as though several marines died and one gunman is dead. I’m not sure if it’s the same gunman who perpetrated both events or not. This is becoming a type of norm in America because of anti-gunners and their fervent wish to see law-abiding citizens disarmed.
We see these tragic events and the left has their explanation. It is simply that we need more gun control because the left wants/needs to disarm the average person who obeys the law. They know they cannot disarm criminals, but they don’t care about them because they know criminals don’t care about what the government does since criminals live their own lives under their own set of rules.
Law-abiding citizens, Christians, and conservatives are fed up with what we see happening in society and we rightly want change. The problem? Things aren’t changing so we pray and work harder hoping that our additional efforts will push God to act. He doesn’t appear to do anything at all because America is still moving toward a one-world government. We are told Christians need to mobilize. We’re told we need to spend more time in prayer. We’re told that if America is judged, the fault lies with Christians who haven’t done enough. Is that the truth?
Here’s the truth as near as I can understand it from God’s Word. The truth is that God cares, has a plan, and is in the eternal present. This means that what we see as our past, our present, and potentially our future is all on the same level as far as God is concerned. All of it stands before God at the same exact same time!
Because He is omnipotent, omniscient, and more, He sees everything from beginning to end, including all the possibilities that could have happened if people took a different course of action than the course they did take every step of the road. He sees it all as if all of it is happening now. How could He be God and not be able to do this? It is part of who He is even if we fail to comprehend it due to our finite mentality and understanding. There is no way for us to truly comprehend it anymore than we can truly comprehend salvation or the doctrine of the Trinity. It is beyond our capacity to fully appreciate, which is why faith exists. We believe in spite of our inability to fully comprehend.
Here’s my point. Everything that needs to be dealt with that happens in this life will be dealt with, but most of it will be dealt with after this current life is over for most. Nothing will go either unpunished or unrewarded. Nothing. God will deal with all of it and He will do so in His time and in His way. He is the Creator and Owner of the universe and all that is part of it.
Let me quote from just one passage of Scripture, Revelation 6:9-11, to help drive the point home.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,e were killed just as they had been.
Notice how the souls of those who had been killed asked God “How long…until you judge…?” Notice God’s response. They were told to “wait a little longer…” They were already dead, yet God told them it would take a bit more time before He dealt with their situation.
God has a plan. He is not lax concerning His promises. He doesn’t turn His back on all the problems that exist in this world. He simply has a time already laid out when He will deal with them and I would hasten to say that most of the time, His timing is not the same as ours. We want it done now. He often says “wait.”
To that end, I think we need to give ourselves a break. We need to stop beating ourselves up over the things that are happening in the world. We see an extremely small percentage of it (thank God!). Imagine what God sees. He sees all of it. It’s like what He saw during the days of Noah when every thought of all men was continually evil. God intervened in society then because had He not, Israel would never have become a nation. The Messiah would never have been born, lived a sinless life, died a criminal’s death and made salvation available.
We want God to fix things now. God says “wait.” While we wait for Him to fix things, the one job we have is to evangelize the lost of this world. That’s our commission, to preach the truth in life and word so that others will see and hopefully embrace that truth.
Whether God fixes things now or in the future makes no difference to God, but only to us. The reality is that He will right all wrongs, but most of them will not be righted until after He returns to this earth, not before. Realizing this, trying to fully understand it, will relieve us of a great deal of frustration. It will also help us reject any acrimonious assault on our character by those who would make us think we haven’t done enough.
We trust God? We work to fulfill the Great Commission? We preach the truth in life and deed? That, my friends, is enough because it is all God asked of us.