Predestination – You don’t have a choice

There’s no words that you say that hasn’t been recorded
There’s no actions that you do that hasn’t been ordained

From the rising of the Sun to its setting
Every atom dances to its pre-determined rhythm
The words that you utter are not your own
So, sing to the tune of the soundless song

The words of the above poem rang loudly in my head as I struggle to make sense of the issues I am facing in ministry, family, and in marriage. And on the spur of the moment, I decided to have it penned down in an attempt to make sense of it.

Pushing behind every thought that I figured, stringed words together in my mouth, I think there is indeed a certain force that places it there before it surfaces in my consciousness. Of the tens of thousands of words available in the spoken language, that one or two appeared in the corner of consciousness. You then make that split-second decision to say it or hide it… Then it’s gone. You’ve little memory of it in the very next moment. And within lesser than a minute, it’s gone. Wiped from your memory.

What did I say?

Pushing every thought behind every conceivable action, there is an unknown strength gathering every bit of muscles from every part of your body to execute an act with such precision, you might not even be aware of. That jerk of the finger, that double blink of the eye, that accidental nudge that hit the person beside you, or that fatal wound that you inflicted upon others in that very moment in history… Then it’s gone.

Why did I do that?

I think the Wisdom of the Word of God surfaces not only in the works of the gospel but also in the most mundane of things in life. Surely, “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV). Everything that will ever happen, God foreknew. Every atom that formed the physical universe, God designed. And God “knitted me in my mother’s womb” (Psalms 139:13, NIV).

The words that I utter are not my own. The Lord knew it completely before a word is on your tongue (Psalms 139:4, NIV).

The things that I do are not done by me. The Lord “know when I sit and when I rise; The Lord perceive my thoughts from afar. He discern my going out and my lying down; The Lord is familiar with all my ways.” (Psalms 139:2-3, NIV).

There is nothing the Lord do not know.

There is nothing in life that we can control.

So, let us allow the Spirit to intercede for us through wordless groans. He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27, NIV).

And in the same Spirit and in the Truth that He teaches, let us worship Him with wordless adoration.

This is what we ought to do. This is what we will do. This is our living sacrifice. This is our true and proper worship.

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