Sometimes God Seems to Overact by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Sometimes God seems to overact.

There are times I wish God would have knocked me down like He knocked Paul down. God knocked him off of his animal and shined a light and made
him blind, then sent him to a man who had never seen him before who
would tell him everything about him, lay hands on him, pray for him and
he would see again.

That would make a quick believer out of anybody!

When I was doubting, I wanted to find something Thomas had said, and
speak with him. It looks to me like God didn’t quite tighten the screws
on Thomas the way He did on Paul. He boxed Paul in. With others He
deals more gently.

I do not understand the mystery of God’s initiative. I am not a
predestinarian; God leaves room for decision and freedom, but the
initiative starts in God’s sovereign will. It is embodied and immortalized
in that poem about “The Hound of Heaven.” God goes after a man. It
might come from a contact with someone who starts jarring your frame
and opening your eyes, or it might go to the extreme, as in the case of
Paul, where God literally knocks you down or checks you and brings
you to a dead stop on your trail. But anywhere God comes into a life, it
is not an accident. David said, “Where is he?”

In the New Testament, the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) God is the seeker. The first question God asks man in the Bible is “Where are you?”

Now, I could preach for an hour on “the unpardonable sin.” I have heard evangelists trying to scare people to death with stories of someone on a deathbed wanting to come to God, but who could not come. Just scratch that out of your theological portfolio, will you?

The devil is sure not going to make you want to come! Jesus said, “No man
comes unless the Father draws him.” I do not really know what the unpardonable sin is. The Pharisees were guilty of crediting Beelzebub,
the devil, with the acts of Jesus. When Jesus said there is an
unpardonable sin, He referenced that act. Another place in the New
Testament speaks of a “sin unto death.” (1 John 5:16)

The book of Hebrews speaks of those acts for which there is no remission of sin. There are lots of different expressions in the New Testament that speak
of putting one beyond the pale. In Romans 1 and 2, Paul speaks of
believers who know better, but persist in their sins until after a while
God turns them over to a strong delusion, they believe a lie and are
damned; God leaves them alone.