We have house guests at the moment who I love, but who are distracting! :) So I give thanks to my friend Jane, who shared this reflection with me and gave permission to pass it on!
I have been reflecting on some notes that I took at an Easter Sunday morning service. I do not know who preached this message entitled, “Whatever God” but he spoke of many characters in the Bible who basically said … “Whatever God.”
Here are a few:
- Abraham who was willing to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22);
- Jeremiah saying, “The Lord sent me …” (Jeremiah 26:12);
- Isaiah’s calling, “Then (Isaiah) heard the voice of the Lord saying … Go and tell this people …” (Isaiah 6:8-9);
- Esther who said, “And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16).
- He then went on to speak of Hosea who was willing to marry a prostitute,
- Paul who was willing to suffer,
- Jesus who endured the cross,
- John and the Isle of Patmos,
- Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego,
- Job and last, but not least,
- Joseph, who said, “You (his brothers) intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20).
Often I will hear people say, “Whatever” and as I think about it, it is with a sense of futility. Perhaps the effect of Doris Day’s song, “Whatever Will Be Will Be” has an underlining dimension to it that we do not realize as Christians?