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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 04:49:11 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel invites you to come visit 
his new, "Moving Word" blog. 
http://richardmansel.com/


COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Stop Trying to Fool God
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

The little boy stood very still in the corner of the
living room with his eyes closed. His mother passed by
a few times, curious.

Finally, she asked and he said nothing. She went over
and asked sternly. He whispered, "Momma, you can't see
me. I'm invisible."

As the boy grew, his Mother loved telling the story to
illustrate the naiveté of children. He could pretend he
was invisible, but everyone in the room could see him.

We laugh at their childish behavior. However, maybe we
should give it some more thought. Would we dare to
admit that we think that we can make ourselves
invisible by force of will?

There was once a man called by God to go on a mission,
and he instead feigned invisibility. Jonah turned and
ran and presumably thought God would not notice.

Instead, Jonah found himself thrown into the sea and
swallowed by a great fish (Jonah 1). He discovered 
that an invisibility cloak is indeed fictional.

God tells us what he wants us to do and to avoid doing
in Scripture. When we ignore his will and do what we
want, do we think that God will not notice?

The Psalmist asks, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or
where can I flee from Your presence?" (Psalm 139:7,
NKJV). We are foolish to think that we can elude God's
eye (1 John 3:20).

Since God knows all and sees all, we must solidify in
our minds that God is immune to deception (Galatians
6:7). We have only to submit to his will (James 4:10;
John 14:15).

Scripture tells us what God desires of us and we cannot
wish it away or change it (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Galatians
1:8-9).

Since God knows and sees everything, then he knows what
we are thinking and doing in advance. Likewise, he knew
every conceivable rationalization, obfuscation,
opinion, excuse, "what if," and "you do not
understand," before he gave us the Word of God. Yet, he
still demands obedience to his will.

Therefore, it is an insult to think that our feeble
attempts can overturn his Holy and inspired Word.

God knew our particular perceptions and opinions. He
was well versed in our culture, but he wrote Scripture
anyway. Situational ethics are delusional. Invisibility
and outright rebellion meet at the same intersection.

Trust God, give him your hand, and allow him to lead
you to heaven (1 Peter 1:3-4).

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