Stewardship: Our Generous God *
Have you ever heard of Deism? Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term, but the deistic worldview surrounds us.
Wikipedia briefly defines it this way: Deism holds that God does not intervene with the functioning of the natural world in any way, allowing it to run according to the laws of nature.
In other words, there may be a god, but He’s not involved.
The God of Israel and the Church – the God of Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jesus, Paul, and all who adhere to biblical teaching – that God doesn’t bother conforming to deistic standards.
He’s totally involved.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
(from Psalm 145)
God is not only the Creator of all things – He is the actively involved Sustainer. He is personally involved with every aspect of His universe, and with every creature in it.
“Look at the birds of the air,” Jesus said. “They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
But this is not just an abstraction about the world out there. It is very true of us, as individuals made in His image. A reading of Psalm 139 leaves us breathless with the extent of God’s involvement, even in the formation of our very cells in the womb.
As good stewards of our pets, we personally remain involved – generously loving, providing for, and sustaining them. With heartfelt affection. Would we believe that God is somehow a lesser being than we are?
No-one would care about being the steward of a deistic god. A lovingly involved Father, however, is worthy of all affectionate service.
* This series is part of a 12-week study on the topic: Being Stewards of God <— (outline). We’re now in week 3, staring directly into the generous heart of God. If you’d like to receive these posts in your inbox, just put your email address in the Email Subscription box on the blog’s right sidebar —>