Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Anticipated Lives" Part 2

One fascinating aspect of God's perfect foreknowledge is that He remains interested in us despite the fact that the past, present, and future are completely open books to His infinite understanding. Our Lord knows what we are going to pray before ever we pray it. He anticipates our doings and everything that will ever happen in our lives. Nevertheless, He is lovingly interested in us to the degree that our prayers are His delight, and He is intimately involved in every aspect of our existence (Proverbs 15:8; Ephesians 1:11).

This is completely foreign to our human experience. You would not be reading if you already knew what I had written. There would be no interest in it. Our relationships with other people require mystery, uncertainty, and anticipation of the unknown in order to hold our attention. We communicate in order to unveil the hidden thoughts, emotions, and sensibilities of our inner being to those who cannot know us unless we come forth to reveal ourselves. Human discourse as we know it would be cancelled due to lack of interest if suddenly our hearts and minds became completely transparent to each other.

God perfectly anticipates our lives, but nevertheless enthusiastically involves Himself in them. His foreknowledge does not preclude the joy He finds in relating to His trusting children in Christ. "The Lord taketh pleasure in His people" (Psalm 149:4). Few truths about our Lord are more mysterious and intriguing, revealing the difference between His sensibilities and our own. We fall to our faces in awe upon the realization of His anticipation. However, we arise to discover that "the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous" because He is so lovingly interested in who and what we are (Psalm 34:15). Wonder and joy are the proper responses to such truth, along with the determination to become far more lovingly interested in who and what He is.

"Thou, God, seest me."
(Genesis 16:13)
"I have loved thee with an everlasting love."
(Jeremiah 31:3)

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