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Welcome to The Kingdom Hero Show, where CHRIST is KING and the TRUTH matters! Our mission: To advance the Kingdom of God through study of the Word and making real-world application of Godly character and Kingdom-mindedness.
I had some great discussions with a few folks regarding the last show topic where we talked about the Mandela Effect and other things. A couple of people mentioned some odd experiences that they’d had, near-death stuff, times when God had to have intervened. And that lead me to the subject of this episode – I want to talk about divine orchestration. Not just when God intervenes, but when He arranges certain events in our lives in order to help guide us along the path He has for us. We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but I’d like to go a little more in depth.
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Okay, I know the last show may have seemed a bit different to you guys. I spoke about some weird stuff – multiverse theory, alternate realities, ghosts and aliens. In the end though, we concluded that there are simply some things we can’t yet fully explain. Those things don’t have to be viewed as challenges to our faith, but rather further reason to seek out the truth of God’s creation.
See I believe that if we choose to ignore these strange phenomena, satan will use them to trick people into thinking the existence of these things somehow disproves the Bible. We have to earnestly search for the truth so that we can effectively defend Christianity and show how none of those things cancel the Word of God. Honest search for truth is what real science is, and it always leads us to discoveries of God’s design.
Now as we move on from God’s creation to His intervention and so on, we come to His orchestration. What do I mean by divine orchestration? It’s really just an expansion of the concept of God as Creator and Designer. He organizes and arranges things to happen in a way that helps to bring about His plans. Think of Him as the Conductor, and all of His creation as the orchestra. He directs every aspect of creation – along with each of us – to cause each part of His great masterpiece to occur in harmony with one another…as a symphony.
Does this mean that nothing we do matters? Is God making people do what He wants? Are we just puppets being manipulated by a master puppeteer? No, not at all. God isn’t some maniacal force imposing His will on us. He created mankind in His very image and gave us free will. We are special to Him, and He wants us to freely choose the path He has for us. Divine orchestration is what happens in order for us to have that opportunity in the first place.
What are some examples of this? Let’s start with creation itself. One of the strongest arguments for Intelligent Design is evidenced in what we have learned about our own little corner of the universe. This planet we live on was given just the right circumstances to support life as we know it. We have just the right combination of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon, and other elements to sustain plant, animal, and human life. The earth is tilted on its axis at just the right degree to provide the seasonal weather conditions to help sustain us. And we’re just the right distance from the sun, too. A little further, we’d freeze to death – a little closer, and we’d burn up.
How do you suppose it happened that all these conditions and more are spot on perfect for us to survive? It’s not likely that it happened at random or out of pure luck. No, this was all by design. God orchestrated things to happen in this way. And we read about it in the book of Genesis. This is an example of divine orchestration on a grand scale. But there are plenty of other instances – times when God arranged the very events of our lives for a purpose.
In the Biblical account of Joseph and his brothers, we find that Joseph was favored often and his brothers began to despise him. They hated him so much that they discussed the idea of killing him. But instead decided to make him disappear. They sold him into slavery and made their father believe he was killed by a wild animal. Because of this, Joseph wound up in the house of a Pharoah. After spending time imprisoned, garnering favor with the guards by interpreting their dreams, we read how God orchestrated the circumstances so that Joseph was released, soon becoming favored and even respected by the Pharoah.
During his service to Pharoah, Joseph had opportunity to interpret dreams for him, as well. He forewarned him of a coming famine and the need to store up food and grain in preparation for it. The next time he saw his brothers was when they traveled to Egypt to get needed supplies due to the famine in the land. In Genesis 45, we see where Joseph spoke with kindness and forgiveness toward them, explaining how things had happened for a divine purpose…
5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
This true story of Joseph is a great example of God’s amazing and incredible ability to divinely orchestrate even the worst of circumstances to ultimately bring about favor for His people. Sometimes we complain when troubles come that we feel we don’t deserve. Joseph didn’t deserve to be enslaved and imprisoned. His brothers acted in anger toward him because they were jealous. But God took the situation in hand and caused great benefit to come from it, even benefit for those family members who had betrayed Joseph. God’s purposes will always see fruition.
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As I have gotten older, I’ve often looked back over the course of my life and couldn’t help but see the hand of God in it. How one thing led me to another thing, then another and another. I believe the events of my life have unfolded in a specific way – in a specific pattern – and it’s been Him leading me every step of the way. Yes, I’ve made mistakes. I’ve strayed. I have gotten myself into more than a few bad situations over the years. But this great God I serve has faithfully been there to guide me back onto the right path.
As one of my many favorite scriptures says, in Romans 8:28…
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Another way that He orchestrates things for our good is by giving us gifts or talents and then designing us to have certain inclinations or desires to work in those areas where He has gifted us. Sometimes we may not even realize the gifts we have until we are led to use them. One of the talents God gave me was the ability to play the drums, but there was a time when I wasn’t aware of it. It wasn’t until an occasion arose where our church needed a drummer that I discovered I could play. Now, I’m no drum master, but from the first time I tried I recognized that God had given me a skill to keep time and contribute to worship team. With years of practice, I developed that skill – and loved it!
See there’s a Bible passage that has been misunderstood by many people for a long time. You’ll recognize it right away. It’s found in Psalm 37:4…
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Too often, folks have used this verse to make God out to be some kind of genie or wish granter. What part of this sentence grabs your attention? Yeah, that last part where He gives you the desires of your heart! Even those who recognize the qualifying clause at the beginning of the sentence often misinterpret the passage. So if we just delight in God, He will give us anything we want! Sorry to break it to you, but that’s NOT what it’s saying at all.
Rather than just giving us things we want, which would often do us more harm than good, God has something far greater in mind. For me, whether it’s playing drums or singing or working in audio visual or writing blogs or making these podcasts – God gave me the desire to pursue those things, he gave me talent in those areas, and it’s all stuff that I can do for Him and His Kingdom. THAT is what it means to be given the desires of your heart. And we will find that our lives are most fulfilled when we are pursuing the desires He has given us. That’s how we are designed, and that too is part of His divine orchestration.
Of course, with all the craziness going on in our world today, it can be a challenge to see the hand of God in it sometimes. Let’s remember that God is the author good, not evil. Evil is what happens when His creation rejects Him and His ways. The existence of sin and evil forces are why bad things happen in this world. Well why doesn’t God intervene and keep bad things from happening? The truth is that sometimes He does. In fact, I think He does more often than we realize. But other times, He uses the bad things to accomplish something far greater. He sees that big picture that often eludes us.
You might say, what about all the wars and disasters and diseases and crimes? How can any of that be worked out for anyone’s good? And honestly, there is no answer I could give you that would satisfy – apart from a unique perspective that only God has. So if you truly seek an answer to that question, you must seek out a Godly perspective. Pray intently for Him to show you His greater plan, that you would receive a gift of vision into the spiritual realm and with it a greater understanding of how He moves and works in our lives.
However, you also need to realize that possessing this kind of knowledge might not be in His plan for you. In which case, pray for God to grant you a peace of mind in knowing that He is indeed working as His word says. Ask Him to increase your faith and help you to simply trust in Him as you ought. The fact is, we may never understand within the confines of this life why certain things happen the way they do. But God is not limited as we are.
Put yourself in Joseph’s place – sold into slavery, wrongfully thrown in prison. You have no idea all the ways God is working to bring about your deliverance. But as you trust in Him, He restores you to your rightful place. Furthermore, He gives you power and influence to bring good to others. That’s what happened to Joseph. Trust God.
How about this? Put yourself in the place of Job. He was a good man, a Godly man. Yet he lost everything. His family, his livestock, his wealth, and even his health. He didn’t “deserve” all the trials he went through. None of it happened due to Job sinning. But even through the worst of it, Job held to his faith. When it was all he had left, he held on and trusted God. “Though You slay me, I will worship You!” That’s more than most of us can fathom. And in the end, God restored Job with even more than he previously had. How many of us – let’s be honest – how many of us could have that kind of faith and trust in God?
If we truly believe that He is our Creator, that He is our heavenly Father who loves us, then we have to seek to mature in our faith to the point that – whatever happens – we will not lose heart, we will not submit to fear, and we will stand firm in our belief that – regardless of our circumstances – He is God of all creation, the author and finisher of our faith, and the divine orchestrator of all things. Even the most catastrophic event isn’t beyond His ability to weave into the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose! If He can orchestrate the creation of everything out of nothing, He is more than capable of orchestrating the events of our lives for our ultimate good.
And let me say this. The humiliation and brutal crucifixion of Jesus wasn’t bigger than God – in fact, it was part of the plan. The persecution of the church wasn’t bigger than God – nor is it over. That’s okay. World Wars weren’t bigger than God. 9/11 wasn’t bigger than God. CoViD-19 wasn’t bigger than God. Corporate greed and government corruption isn’t bigger than God, either. My friends, our God is HUGE! Trust Him. And watch as His divine orchestration continues to make a way where there seems to be no way. I’m. Just. Saying.