The Divine Experiment


Chris Frayley On Rock at River Bend

Photo by Chris Fraley – On Rock at River Bend

Imagine, if you will, a God creating a creature in his own image, a God who “naturally” exists outside of time and space, who is infinite. The creature, however, could not be infinite, regardless of the image of the God she bears. The creature would be limited to time and space, but the creature would have the capacity to choose and create as well as the capacity to go its own way.

Imagine that this God loved the creature and desired to have relationship with the creature. This is the divine experiment.

The very fact that we can reject God is proof that God loves us.

We read in the Old Testament of a description of what appears to be an angry and jealous God. He seems emotional like a man. (At least that is how we perceive it.)

But consider that this God, this Author and Giver of life, knows a lot more than the creature does. This God exists outside of the time and space that confines the creature in its creatureliness. This God has a design for this creature to exist with him forever in fellowship – this creature to whom God gave a choice.

This God knows that, without Him, there is no life. This God knows too well that apart from Him there is no love.

The situation is desperate when this creature goes its own way and chooses its own comfort, its own wisdom, its own finiteness instead of the Giver of comfort, the Embodiment of wisdom and the Source of eternal life.

This divine experiment can go desperately wrong, and the creature can be lost forever, disconnected from the Author and Giver of life – because this creature has a choice.

Would not this God do anything, if this God loved the creature, to turn the creature away from the path of destruction toward the path of life?

The very fact that we have any choice is proof of God’s love. It is proof that God created us for an incredible purpose – to have fellowship with Him forever – but this choice can steer us desperately wrong.

This God, this Father, who exists outside of time and space, has already seen all of the divine experiment play out. He was; He is; and He always will be. He can view the drama from any angle: before the beginning of time, anywhere in the scheme of time, and after time has evaporated back into the void from which God formed it.

This God already knows who has made the choice for Him and who has fallen desperately away.

Yet, for us, the drama plays out in our everyday lives.

God is calling. He is knocking from outside the confines of our lives. He is ready to birth His life and love in us.

Will you listen? Will you respond? We you receive Him?

God knows your choice. Now it is up to you.

The old saying rings true: If you love something, let it go. If she was yours, she will return to you.

God let us go, will you return?

If not, you were never His. If you do, you were always His, chosen before the foundation of the earth. (Ephesians 1:4)

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