“Mountains encircle Jerusalem, and God encircles his people – always has and always will.” Psalm 125.2
Knowing anything with confidence is a rare treat. I wonder about my boss and his motives. I carry my fears and doubts about my relationships with people. I often wonder if my car is going to breakdown when I least expect or need it. Everywhere I turn life is handing out something unexpected. Even “facts” I have long held to be true are disappearing with new discoveries. What is real? What is predictable?
I not sure I know anything about God. I wonder about his character and his motives. I try to hide my fears and doubts about His relationship with you and I. I often wonder if I am going to self-destruct when I least expect or need it, because of my uncertainty or dependence. Everywhere I turn, bad things are happening. Even my core beliefs are subject to revision because of new experiences. Is anything real? Is anything predictable?
Giving all my fears, uncertainties, and doubts, there are certain facts from which I cannot be moved.
People will always carry agendas, even when they do not realize that they do.
Mechanical devices can and will breakdown when you least expect it. Breaking down is part of their nature, it is also part of why we enjoy playing with them.
Bad things do happen to people regardless of their relationship, or lack of, with God. Stuff happens. Life is challenging, difficult, oppressive, hard, painful, and that is just a few bits and pieces from the Psalms! Look at the fuller descriptions of life; it quickly becomes a horror show blended with comedy and humor and drama and love.
Where does this leave God? The answer is, in an unusual and unique position.
God relationship to us is a fact. We can ignore it, deny it, or walk about from it, but it remains what it already is. God loves us unconditionally just as we are. God is predictable in how he relates. What this means is your choice and mine!