Divine Intervention means different things to different people and religious organizations. For many in the religious community it means that we must pray to God not to get cancer or even be sick, and if we do get sick, we must leave it up to him to cure us. Doing this puts everything in God’s lap and practically no responsibility to us personally.
In coordination with my Wednesday Revisit post this week on this blog I find it totally ironic that so many church establishments sign on to the belief that everything that happens is God’s will and yet they discount the idea that since God wants all to come to her that she will actually make that happen. But this is only one of many instances of selectivity by many church establishments.
Divine Intervention means something quite different to me. It means that God has given us through divine intervention the tools to do his will while we occupy space on this earth. We don’t need to constantly ask God for miracles, he has already provided us what we need to do his will. It is just up to us to use those tools for the benefit of all. And yes, it is about his will, not ours.
To illustrate a basic idea behind these thoughts I am borrowing a very well known quote from President Kennedy and using it for the purposes of divine intervention
Ask not what God can do for you, but for what you can do for God.
Quit praying for God to change his will and give you an exemption from your present malady or circumstances. It is up to us to “do” his will that he set in place via the words of Jesus. It is up to us to make earth like the kingdom of heaven.
We must recognize all the tools that God has given us to cope with our troubles. We have a medical establishment that were unimaginable when Jesus was on this earth. We have more than enough tools to feed the poor and to give them respect as Jesus did for the undercast of his day. Jesus didn’t tell us to spend a couple of hours a week in a church that does nothing else but separate us from those Jesus loved.
Too many of us shirk our responsibility for the circumstances to ourselves, our family, and especially the world around us. We shrug it off by saying whatever happens is God’s will and isn’t for us to determine. To me, that is perhaps the epitome of hypocrisy that Jesus warned us about again and again.
In closing, the primary message from Jesus was to love God and to love one another. Don’t lazily put everything in God’s lap. He gave us the tools to cope with most of our problems and he expects us to use them to love each other and to make this world a better place.