An Actively Involved God

This is a paper I wrote recently for a theology course. I received an almost perfect grade – so I figured I would share! Much more formal than my posts usually are, but hopefully this can help someone asking the questions of how God is actively involved in our lives.

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Part of the Christian faith foundation that we hold is the belief that God is actively involved with his creation. How does this belief, or doctrine, impact the way that those called to work with both children and adults interact with people within their vocation? Someone like me, who is called to work with young children, in the medical field with people much smarter and further educated than me, and then with parents who have never taken care of a child in their life that I am called to teach, has a very complex way of communicating with all of these types of people. How does my belief that God is actively involved in my life, as well as the lives of the children and adults that I work with, impact my everyday life while I do my job? To answer these questions we will have to first dig into scripture to see how God is actively involved in our lives.

Genesis 1:4-5 tells us that God saw the light, that it was good; God divided the light from the darkness. Got called the light day and the darkness night. What does this tell us? This tells us that our God created the world to accommodate our needs. God created our circadian rhythms and the world to work together so that we would be able to serve him and do our work during the day while it is light and rest at night while the sun is down. Our God literally tilted the earth’s axle [1] to cause seasons, giving us changes in weather and time, changes in darkness and light, to allow us to different work throughout different times of the year.

How does this passage impact the way someone called in to my vocation should go about their day to day life? I think the first thing to take into account is that God created this world with light and darkness because there are supposed to be times of rest. In my line of work, it is not always an option to rest at night, often, we are working at night, and resting during the day – if that. God meant for us to rest, we cannot serve others if we are overworking ourselves. This cannot only be applied to my job as a newborn care specialist, but also to a stay at home mom, a doctor, or a construction worker. There will be times when we are excessively tired or weary, God does not want us to lose hope, but he wants us to remember that he created this world to give us rest when we need it, and by coming to him, he can give us rest. Today society so often is portrayed as a “go, go, go” society, almost frowning upon those who rest or work shorter shifts or take a day off. It is important for us to have grace for ourselves and for those we work with. Whether they work for us or above us, or we are working for them – we need to have grace remember that everyone needs to rest.

Exodus 3:7-10 says, “And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows…So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me.” God called the people in Egypt who have not yet given their lives to him, they had not yet repented [2] of their sins, yet God still called them His people.

It is my belief that this passage is especially important when dealing with the question of how God is involved in our life. He considered us his people then, and we can be sure he considers us his people now. It does not matter what we have done or what we will do, we are his people. We are his children. This also means we should look to others as God’s children as well, in the workplace with our vocation and outside of it. Treat them as brothers and sisters in Christ and go about our daily lives with that attitude as opposed to the attitude of someone who may be irritated by a person that’s different than us or someone who doesn’t believe what we believe. It doesn’t matter what someone believes, they are still His people; His children.

The last scripture that we will look at is in 2 Chronicles 23-6. “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (4) So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (5) Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, (6) and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” So again we ask ourselves, is God actively ruling his creation? The shows us that he is sovereign [3] over all of his creation, though we often take it for granted. It is not rare that someone would greatly discount the involvement of God in our lives and his willingness to intervene for those who live by faith. God’s activity regarding His plans should be taken into account because His Word declares to be true that He is directly involved in our lives. We know his plans are good! The events God brings about are to better shape us into his image and fulfill his plans for our lives and the lives of those around us.

This passage, I feel, deals with many different aspects of many different vocations. There will be situations in your life, and the lives of those around us, that do not go the way that we think they should. It is important to keep our mindset based on the fact that we know that our God is actively involved in our lives. So, we didn’t get that job, it went to someone we didn’t think deserved it. Clearly, having that job was not in God’s plan right now. God is actively involved in our lives and is working nonstop because there is something else in our future better for us than that job would have been. Whatever the trial may be, we can be sure God is actively working in our lives. We can be sure that God has good plans for us and they are greater than we can imagine. We can’t fathom the way that God works, because his ways are not our ways. It is not only our job as Christians to remember this and to take into account that God is actively working in our lives but also to remember that’s our responsibility to remind her brothers and sisters in Christ, the ones mentioned in the passage above (Exodus), that God is actively working in their lives, even through times of disappointments. Through financial struggles, family planning struggles, not feeling appreciated or needed in the workplace, not getting that raise, the list goes on and on; as children of the most high God we can be sure that God is actively working in our lives. It is our responsibility to remember this every day. Disappointment can wreak havoc on our productivity and effectiveness within our vocation, by keeping these truths at the forefront of our minds and and keeping our eyes on the prize, so to speak, we can do our work the best we can, to best enable God to work his plans in our lives.

These are just a small few of the passages and interpretations throughout Scripture that show us how God is actively involved in our lives. There are countless others, and they can vary from vocation to vocation. The three stated above, I believe, I can be applied to most vocations and walks of life, if not all. Whatever the vocation may be, our responsibility as Christians is to keep the mindset that our Father’s plans are good and that he is always actively working in our lives and the lives of those around us. We must continue to hold to the widely accepted, easily forgotten, belief of our Christian faith foundation that our God is actively involved with His creation.

[1] (1934-1997), Earl L. Henn. “Genesis 1: Fact or Fiction?” Bible Tools. N.p., 01 Jan. 1996. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/ARTB/k/496/Genesis-Fact-Fiction.htm&gt;.

[2] “Unleavened Bread and Pentecost (Sermon).” Unleavened Bread and Pentecost (Sermon). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Audio.Details/ID/260/Unleavened-Bread-Pentecost.htm&gt;.

[3] Ritenbaugh, John W. “The Sovereignty of God and Human Responsibility: Part Eleven.” Bible Tools. N.p., 01 Aug. 2000. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/PERSONAL/k/72/The-Sovereignty-of-God-Human-Responsibility-Part-Eleven.htm&gt;.