A long time ago, I learned that God is sovereign. Now, I’m learning what that means. I know that I will never fully understand such an awesome trait of God’s character, (to do so would mean I would have to understand all the traits of his character in their completeness). But it is exciting to get a glimpse.
This summer, we subleased a duplex for two and a half months. We had prayed about a place to stay, and this is what God provided. We had also prayed that God would give us chances to develop relationships over the summer. It was cool to see how God brought both requests together. The landlord of the duplex hired a college student to do some work in the yard. I noticed him sitting in the shade one sunny afternoon, and went down to talk with him. After talking for a while about where we were each originally from, about the small town we were both currently living in, and about some difficult times he was going through, the topic changed to spiritual things. He was a self proclaimed agnostic, and I could see he took some pride in thinking of himself in this way. But I could also see that this worldview was not satisfying him, for by its very nature it presupposes the answers to life’s deepest questions to be unknowable. As we talked, I pressed him a little on it, and he then admitted that there has to be something that is truth. He then went back to the beliefs of his Indian ancestors..
Over the coarse of the summer I was able to have several good conversations with him. I learned a lot about the history of his people in India, which was all pretty interesting. I learned of the ten gurus, who added to each other’s wisdom for hundreds of years. It was sad to realize, however, that in all their wisdom they had no place or need for a savior. They think the solution to the sinful nature can be found somewhere within one’s self. Because of this, they think of Jesus as just another religious leader, a great man who attempted to get people to live the best they could.
I am so thankful that this is not the Jesus of the Word. Rather than spending his time trying to get people to live better lives, He lived to show people that the best they can do still is not anywhere close to the perfection God demands. I was able to share with my new friend how God sent Jesus into the world to make a way for us to know him. I could say that Jesus has given me satisfaction with life. Pray that this guy would one day find satisfaction as well, that he would understand everything that Jesus has done for him!
Here’s some verses that’ve come to mind as I’ve thought through some of this:
“Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey… The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no-one, he was appalled that there was no-one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.” – Isaiah 59:15,16
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21