“The Lord Makes” ( by Carley Evans )

“Then the Lord says to Moses, ‘Go into Pharaoh’s presence. I have made him and his courtiers obdurate, so that I may show these My signs among them, and so that you can tell your children and grandchildren of how I made sport of the Egyptians, and what signs I showed among them. Thus you will know I Am the Lord.’ Moses and Aaron go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘These are the words of the Lord the God of the Hebrews: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?'” (Exodus 10:1-3,NEB)

Here in this one passage, we find the duality and paradox of what some call determinism and what some call free will. Here we see God’s sovereign decision making at work, His will, even desire, to harden Pharaoh so that he remains stubborn enough that God must work against the Egyptians at least one more time. We simultaneously see Pharaoh’s own will resisting God’s command to let His people go. Therefore there are two wills at work — one is God’s, one is a man’s.

Granted, God’s will is the stronger of the two; however God has not and does not make puppets. We are not automatons doing whatever it is He wants. God intervenes in time and space, but not exclusively. He is not the only actor in the play.

But to not recognize that He is the Great Director is absurd. To not realize He may step into the action and change the will of the player at His own whim and for His own purposes is a kind of blindness to the obvious truth of scripture.

God chooses. He makes choices. And, the wonderful thing is that His choices are always right, always perfect!

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11 thoughts on ““The Lord Makes” ( by Carley Evans )

  1. Great article, Carley! I’m sharing it on FaceBook.

  2. lambskinny says:

    P.S. Notice I call God the Great Director, not the Great Dictator! 😀 Carley

  3. Jeff says:

    It is a great paradox, isn’t it?

  4. lambskinny says:

    Jeff, if you mean by “great” that it is a wondrous paradox, I agree. It is hard to understand, but not hard to accept, for the Bible tells me it is true. God bless, Carley

  5. Jeff says:

    I do agree that it is wondrous. But by “great,” I meant…um…big. Too large to comprehend. But, as you said, not hard to accept. I joyfully embrace it! 😀

  6. mtsweat says:

    Great piece of work, Carley! Will we ‘pots’ say to the ‘Potter,’ “Hey,! Why’d you make me this way?” God bless.

  7. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Drusilla and Joyce.

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