Last night I was in a class at school where we were discussing Baptist heritage. In this portion of class we were discussing William Carey and the modern missionary movement. Here my professor stated that Mr. Carey went to India because he felt God called him to preach there. He stated how his wife went insane because of worry and spent the last 13 years of her life in a padded room. Then my professor stated that he believes that God did not call William Carey to India, but William Carey called William Carey to India. He said this because he does not believe that God calls people to places that are dangerous to the family of preachers. I about fell out of my seat! He stated that though William Carey should not have taken his family to India, God can rehabilitate bad decisions. I must confess that this makes no sense to me. Is God a reactive God, or is He active in what he does?
I am going to pick one theme here and continue this story. I do this because I have other papers to write and I could be here all semester speaking of the mess I heard last night. If we are going to take the position in life that God can reactively rehabilitate bad decisions, then we are going to spend our life playing the “what if” game. My mother used to tell us time and time again, that we don’t play the “what if” game, because it does us no good. It is the whole, “Saddest words in speech or pen” concepts. If we are saying that God can rehabilitate bad decisions, then what we must do is measure all of Carey’s decisions. Maybe Carey made a bad decision when he went to India, but maybe he made a bad decision when he married his wife. Maybe it was not his decision at all, maybe it was his wife that made a bad decision when she married him. Maybe it was a bad decision not to trust God in India. Who knows, and may I add, who cares? Does it matter what happened in the past? Or may I offer another idea?
Maybe God is in control of the whole thing. Maybe he is active and not reactive. Maybe God, can use what we intend for evil as good. Maybe a king chooses his steps, but God directs his paths. I say this tongue and cheek, because God is in control. Someone told me along time ago, obey what you know to obey, enjoy what you can enjoy, and trust God with the rest of it. My plan is to obey what God tells me. Enjoy the ride. And when life throws a monkey wrench in it, trust God that he knows what he is doing. DOn’t look back too long, look to Jesus.