Monday, November 03, 2003 AD There's No Such Thing As Divine Intervention At our prayer meeting last night someone read an article from some California radio station crediting divine intervention with keeping the fires from reaching a certain town. It happened to be the town where parents of a church member live, and he had forwarded the article via e-mail to some folks.
As I thought about it, something didn't set right with me. Of course I believe that it was God's sovereign will that the fire did not reach that particular town. But I don't think "divine intervention" is a very accurate term. It's not as if God reached from the outside into the situation and changed the course of events. No, He ordained it all from the get-go. It wasn't somebody else's show that He stepped in to redirect. It was and is and evermore shall be His show.
Which gets us to the stickier issue: He also ordained the fires that did reach various towns and did destroy many houses and kill several people. Of course we are right to give God credit for sparing the town, and give Him thanks for His mercy. But shouldn't we also respond with reverent and adoring fear when the Almighty God, who is a consuming fire, ordains consuming fires? Severe providences are providences none the less. Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 11/03/2003 11:59:00 AM
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