Playthings of Fate?

There is a view of life that says “We are just the sport of the grim and inscrutable President of the Universe”. No doubt those who think that way would like to 1impeach that “President” if they could! “ If there is a God” you can hear them say, “ He just seems to play with us”, and so ,“ We are the playthings of fate and chance.”””In a sermon that first appeared in print in 1947 the late Rev. Clarence Edward Noble Macartney, who wrote more than forty books, speaks of another view of life. One that is greatly more comforting and assuring than that hopeless assertion I just mentioned. “”Macartney, a Presbyterian minister in the United States turned to the words of the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, chapter 8. It is one of many places in Scripture that speaks of the hands of a wise and gracious God. A God and Savior who does not deal with his people as if they were no more than throwaways. He doesn’t abandon those once made in his image but desires them to live in close fellowship with Him. He has a vested interest in the lives of believers. He loves them and he so arranges and rules the events so that all things work together for our final good. “”That’s what Paul said in verse 28 of Romans 8. In that pivotal chapter Paul first contrasts a life lived in surrender to one’s sinful human nature with life in the Spirit. He states this assurance to Christ’s church in Rome, ( and we may say, to Christ’s faithful people today, that “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” ( v. 14). !”Paul does not deny that such Christians will suffer in this present life. Yet he insists that “ Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” ( v. 18) He realizes, as he says in v. 22 and following, that the whole creation has been “groaning as in the pains of childbirth” for a very long time. That’s because of God’s curse that we’ve spoken about a few weeks ago. A curse that came on this earth because of man’s rebellion against God. “”Paul says that even he and all God’s children “ Groan inwardly” even as they wait for their final deliverance, the day Christ Jesus returns to wipe away all tears from the eyes of his faithful and removes all causes of hunger and pain and death.

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