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Monday Morning Musings #1

In order to force myself into some form of consistency with my blogging, I am going to introduce a theme for Mondays centered on the ridiculous questions that entertain my mind from time-to-time.

Today’s question is this:

What do you think goes through God’s mind as He looks down on a singular man or woman that He has created and watches them progress through life from birth to death?

I would give two proof texts from scripture to consider while pondering an answer to this question.  Both texts come from the book of Psalms.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?  Psalms 8:3-4

You have searched me and known me.You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. Psalms 139:1-8

David was a thinker.  In the first quote he seems to contemplate the absurdity of an immense, perfect God taking notice of what could seem insignificant in comparison. But then when we read his thoughts from the second quote, we see that he has reasoned that God has taken very close attention to the details of his life.

And so I reason 3ooo years removed from David’s musings, that this question is significantly answered or sought by each individual who contemplates their position in a world not their choosing under the watchful gaze of a God not fully realized.  The sufferings, the blessings, the acts of life that we must entertain as we move from birth to the eventuality of death – what do these mean to the God who created us for those moments?

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  1. October 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I think, if you take in the parables of Luke 15 for example, that it means we matter a great deal to God. Whether seen as the lost sheep, the lost coin, or the lost son, we see Him as the shepherd, the woman, and the loving father who rejoiced that what was lost was found.

    • October 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Great response, Bill.

      What about those who are not found?

      What does God ‘experience’ when he looks down on fallen creation, knowing that was not the original intent (of course that could be discussed as well whether it was the intent or not) and He sees the whole of a human life from beginning to end and watches over every moment of that life as it experiences pain, loss, the aging process, and eventually death? What does it mean to Him knowing that this individual had no choice in being born to this fallen world?

  2. October 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Fundamentalism says God sees wrath unless there’s Christ. Liberalism says it’s all love (some b/c of Christ some either way).

    I think the tension is that God looks at us love. (The weight of Scripture is behind this) We can only look back at Him in spirit and truth with redeemed eyes through Christ.

    • October 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Chris,

      Let me play devil’s advocate. God is intimately involved in creating an individual who is born with debilitating health issues. This individual lives a life of suffering and ultimately rejects acceptance of God as a loving creator and dies lost to the hope of the cross.

      What was in God’s mind when He created this individual knowing that this person would never accept Him? Are God’s thoughts on this person as they live each day of their life in pain and devoid of hope?

      • October 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        That is a challenging thought. I feel like if I could answer that question I would be God. That doesn’t mean I would shy away from the discussion.

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