Is God Active in Today’s World?
January 30, 2010 11 Comments
Just this week I heard someone say, “In today’s world God only operates through the Word.” This wasn’t the first time I had heard this statement made. In fact I grew up being taught that God only operated in today’s world through Scripture. The basic question is this, “Is this an accurate portrayal of God’s role in the lives of civilization today?” Follow me as we spend a few minutes dealing with this misunderstood doctrine.
First, this doctrine has developed through time primarily as a result of our inability or unwillingness to accurately study the teachings surrounding the Holy Spirit. Instead of studying through to truth we have sought to explain away the Holy Spirit . Often we have replaced the role of the Holy Spirit with the role of Scripture. With that said, let us never underestimate the purpose or power contained though Scripture. Scripture occupies a most important place in God’s dealing with man.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us “Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God might be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works.” In this text is contained a sizable portion of the purpose of Scripture and It’s relation with man. The role of Scripture is to allow us knowledge giving us the possibility of reconciliation with God. It then affords us necessary knowledge to support the relationship with God made possible by reconciliation. This is an extremely important role Scripture occupies in the lives of men. However, the role of the written Word does not supplant the role of God in the lives of men today.
The basic question is this, “Is God active in creation today separate and apart from Scripture?” The answer to this question must be a strong and unwavering YES! God is active in creation today separate and apart from His written Word. The following list is by no means an exhaustive listing of God’s activities in creation today. It is only a beginning. Let’s examine together the following examples of God’s power and role in His creation today:
- According to Colossians 1:17, The Lord holds all things together. Science so-called has taught for years that man was destroying the planet by global warming. In the last year we have seen this concept begin to unravel. In reality man cannot destroy what God holds together. All creation is held together by the Lord. This is accomplished without the written Word.
- God’s power to hear and answer prayer is outside the confines of the written word. At times God answers our prayer in a super-natural way. At other times He works through His Spirit as it dwells in us. God uses us through His Spirit to do His will.
- Today God is still in the healing business. When an individual is healed from a sickness, they recuperate because God makes it happen. At times God uses people gifted with the ability to bring about healing. These “doctors” He uses to carry out His work. At other times God may allow an individual to heal without any other person’s help. God still accomplishes this feat. Healing occurs outside the borders of Scripture. Still, God is involved in any healing action.
- God has chosen to proclaim His message through the preaching of men. While it is true that Scripture contains the message of salvation, God has chosen to work through men to accomplish the proclamation of His message. As the Spirit dwells in us, He gives us the strength and ability to powerfully proclaim the message of salvation. The power of God works through humanity by His Spirit to proclaim the way of salvation.
- God helps us make decisions in our lives. When facing a decision in our life the natural reaction from a Christian is to pray. Sometimes we find the answer we seek in Scripture. At other times God will answer our prayer in some way outside the confines of Scripture. As often as not God will work through some natural event on earth to give us the answer we seek.
If we teach that God is only active in the world today through Scripture we are limiting God. We are saying that God left us when He gave us the Word in its completed form. To make this assertion is to put God in a box. Rather than limiting God by our doctrine wouldn’t it be far better to find Truth? Instead of limiting God in ways that fit our doctrine let’s make sure that what we teach as truth accurately portrays God. If God isn’t there it can’t be truth.
God is active in the world today. The Holy Spirit dwells in Christians. Instead of seeking to explain away these truths let us be sure that what we teach accurately portrays the role of God in the world today.