Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


October 20, 2011

 n the great football movie, "Rudy," he asks the priest a question about why things happen, to which the priest responds, "There is a God, and I'm not him."

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified, those he justified, he also glorified.
--Romans 8:29 TNIV
Romans 8:29 is the "slamdunk" of God passages.  Of all that it says, it says God is God, and not you, not me.  In other words, God is not dependent on us; that would empower us to be god.  But God is God.  Often we ignore this passage, and we put ourselves at the head of this chain of logic and action, which makes God little more than a responder to us.  God takes the initiative.
How is being a god working out for us?  Wouldn't it be better to heed the priest's counsel: "There is a God, and I'm not him."  How much better it would be today to say, "Okay, God, take over, I'll serve you today, obediently, faithfully, joyfully."
Dale Patterson