"Does God Have to Rework Another Plan?"
August 12, 2016 By Pastor Dave Ryan
Does God Have to Rework Another Plan?
As we get closer to the USA presidential election, many Americans are conflicted about how to support a candidate and what to do with their personal convictions and standards about leadership and our nation’s president. The popular phrase is choosing the “lesser of 2 evils”. As we study the book of Joshua at GBC in our Sunday sermons, this dilemma comes up as well. On the one hand, you have a holy God with strict standards of obeying His Law joined by lavish commitments to bless and provide for His people of Israel. On the other hand, you have people who look a lot like us, who give in to temptation and compromise because they are fearful or things just look really good. Is God going to rework His plan or lower His Holy standards so Joshua and Israel are saved? This sounds similar to what was proclaimed a lot last summer as many religious people trumpeted, “Love Wins!” in relation to altering God’s standard on marriage. It sounds nice and kind, but the truth is it is disastrous and hopeless. If there is no atonement for our sins and no cleansing, then we are trapped in our sins unable to be free from their destructive degeneration and we are cut off from a relationship with a Holy God. God did not have rework a plan with Israel or humanity because He is Sovereign! God knew ahead of Israel’s weakness and tendency toward disobedience as of yours. In His Sovereignty, He knows and He is also unchanging in every area of flawless nature. God does not have remake a new plan, because He already has a plan in place of Mercy and a Lavish Grace! Before Israel’s many stumbles in their new land, He already developed a relationship of worship built around repentance and an atonement by a blood sacrifice with the promise of His forgiveness. He is slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness (Exodus 32:6). As the people would cry out for repentance and return to His Law, even though their return was always a bit flawed, He would hear and forgive and restore. But we have a greater Joshua who was promised, Jesus the Christ who paid for our sins once for all and now stands as an Advocate for every sinner who runs to His Lavish Grace for forgiveness and cleansing by Him. As you read the book of Joshua, consider God’s amazing mercy and grace with you as well. How we need to learn to stop down grading God’s holiness for an “easier plan” and run to the amazing grace found only in Christ Jesus! (I John 1:5-2:2) As we grow in His grace, He progressively transforms and conforms us to His design to be a righteous people. (Philippians 2:12-13)