The Father’s Will
Mankind wonders what the will of God is for their life and if they don’t discover what His will is they walk about in a confused state of being. The good man wonders why bad things happen to them, and everything good seems to work in favor of the bad man. It would appear that what we think is right and should be normal is reversed and many times the bad seem to be rewarded for their badness and the good suffer because of their goodness. Somehow what we see happening around us doesn’t seem quite fair nor logical to the mind of man. The bad man is supposed to be punished because he is bad, and the good man is supposed to be rewarded for being good. But it appears that the thief who wears a suit is rewarded for robbing mankind while the good man dressed in jeans and boots is punished for doing the right thing. This leads a lot of people to believe that being bad is good and being good is bad. While it may appear the bad are rewarded and the good are punished, one day the scales will be balanced and every one will be rewarded for what they did in this life. The bad man will be punished and the good man will be eternally rewarded. We do not like to think that it might be God’s will that we suffer in this life for doing good while the bad man prospers, but we see what appears to be an injustice to the good man happening all around the world and appears to be growing in magnitude. But the good man must remember, temporary prosperity has nothing to do with eternal rewards.
In [Matthew 10:27-22] Jesus sheds some light on the way things are and what man’s role is in life regardless of what situation he many find himself in or where he might be. The subject Jesus uses to illustrate this line of thought is a sparrow. No one gives thought to, nor are they overly concerned with what happens to a sparrow because sparrows are small and seemingly insignificant and only play a minor role in creation. But, let’s listen in to Jesus teach on the insignificant sparrow and the fear of God that man is to retain. “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will deny before my Father who is in heaven?”
When teaching Jesus always picked out common everyday things people were used to seeing to illustrate a spiritual principle. And as He often pointed out every thing God created has a role to play in creation. In this particular instance Jesus is pointing out to us since God created every thing He has a moral obligation to meet the needs of each thing. This includes the needs of man as well as the sparrow. God creates each thing to fulfill a specific role in creation, therefore neither the sparrow or man can change God’s will for their life. God placed one sparrow in one part of the world and another sparrow in another part of the world and He did so for a reason. However each sparrow has a particular role to play in whatever part of the world they might have been placed or they wouldn’t be in that part of the world. Since the sparrow is of little value in God’s overall plan they are not considered to be of much value. And as insignificant as they might seem, they still have value and purpose and are therefore needed.
So as Jesus teaches on the value of a life and God’s will for that life, He outlines for us what man’s role is to be. He is also teaching us that God is concerned about the needs of all things. Jesus tells us the role of man is to listen and to tell what we know about God to those who may not have heard about Him. The second point he listed is that man is not to be afraid of what other people might think even if it means we have to forfeit our life for obeying God. His last statement tells us that God is the one who supplies our needs and places us in this world where He wants each of us to be, and that there is nothing we can do to change where we are in life, or who we are in life unless He makes the changes. So we are not to even dwell on the fact that the bad may seem to be doing better than we are, or that we are not doing as well as think we ought to be, but our objective is to obey God and confess Christ before men so that He will confess us before His Father in heaven on the day when the heavenly rewards are passed out.
There is one line in this teaching talking about the sparrow that says, “And not one of them (the sparrows) falls to the ground apart from “Your Father’s will.” This is one line no man wants to think about. We do not want to think that what we may be facing could possible be God’s will for our life, but in reality Jesus is telling us that what happens to us in life is not in our control but in the hand of the Father, and that nothing that happens to us is unknown to Him. Therefore it just might be God’s will for us to suffer and the bad man prosper just as the following line explains, “But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows…”
There is another scripture that tells us, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” [Micah 6:8] This scripture tells us what the whole duty of man concerns. According to this scripture whether or not the bad man prospers and we suffer is not what we are to dwell on, but complying with His commands to do justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God is far more important to God than what the bad man appears to be accomplishing in this life. His reward is coming just the same as ours, and when that day comes, Jesus promised to confess us before His Father and that is when the wages of sin will receive its just reward. DThrash
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