By: Tim Sader
Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, Lord, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!
Last week we learned that every morning we need to give God our attention by praying, reading the bible, putting on our armor and remembering the needs of others. Why would God be taken by surprise like a warrior who cannot save? Most people think that God is never surprised because He knows everything and everything happens according to His will. In some ways this is true but there is one exception that I noticed. Every morning the sun will rise, the tides will shift, if something drops it will fall and natural laws will work just the way He set it up. This is a lot like a television program it was planned, set up, recorded and that is the way it will happen every time. Then of course there’s live TV which is less predictable but generally reaches some kind of expected outcome. In sporting events one team will win, the news has been scripted and in nature animal instinct keeps things in the right order. These things are the television moments that surprise us sometimes but these things don’t surprise God at all. What does surprise God? Being a fan of video games through the years I noticed the one thing that God designed that sometimes takes Him by surprise. Video games are a lot like television it is something we watch except the way the gamer plays it determines the outcome. This sounds like free will; God is the programmer He set up every scenario that we could take and He knows the outcome of every choice. We are playing our own character in our life. The design and the program have been made but how we play it is entirely up to us. God enjoys this more because it’s the one thing that He didn’t prerecord; it hasn’t been planned so our choices even surprise Him. If we choose to bear His name He is with us and will not forsake us, even when surprised He will fix our glitch.
After Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree God told them not to they hid when they heard the Lord walking in the garden. God called out to them asking where they were (Genesis 3:8-9). For a moment God was surprised because He normally didn’t have to call out to them. It didn’t take long for Him to realize but He didn’t automatically assume the worst. In the days of Noah the human race became exceedingly wicked so much so the Lord was troubled and regretted making them. So He said, “I will wipe out all living things off the face of the earth because I regret making them (Genesis 6:5-7).” To come to that serious of a choice and to be that ashamed of creation at some point He was surprised that things got that bad. Many years after God preserved Noah He choose Israel to be His people. For hundreds of years they were slaves in Egypt. Then God did many miracles through His servant Moses to deliver them. In the desert God supernaturally delivered them and provided for all their needs. After all that He had done they still wouldn’t believe in Him and He wanted to send a plague to destroy them (Numbers 14:1-12). God was surprised that after seeing the miraculous they would still have their doubts. When Jesus went to His home town he was amazed because of their little faith for the miraculous (Mark 6:6). Sometimes He was also amazed when people had great faith to see others healed with just His word alone (Matthew 8:10). God is surprised most often by our freewill to have faith or unbelief even after knowing what is wrong or seeing evidence of His goodness.
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