Il n’y aura pas de surprise

« For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1. 20

 

 

 

Guillaume is neither really religious nor really atheistic. But he is undoubtedly optimistic. He explains to a Christian friend: «I am not also religious as you. But if the good God really exists, I count on a pleasant surprise after the death and I do not worry. God will not condemn a nice chap as me. He would not be the good God. “

 

Is Guillaume right? When it comes to the eternal future of the soul, it is serious to be simply optimistic or to hope for a “pleasant surprise”? The peace of mind cannot lean on uncertain hopes!

 

In reality, for the one who is willing to listen to, God speaks clearly. He did not leave us with our own suppositions on a subject so fundamental. God reveals his existence by the nature, so that he declares unforgivable the one who refuses this testimony (Romans 1. 20)

 

God also spoke to us by sending us his son. Gospels report the perfect life of Jesus, his words, its miracles, his death and his resurrection, confirmed by numerous witnesses. These testimonies are imperative upon the conscience.

 

Now, God will add nothing, everything is said. Concerning the beyond life: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9. 27). But Jesus declares: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5. 24)

 

Silence et non absence

« O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom » Job 13. 5

« (Job answered the LORD) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee » Job 42.1,5

The Bible reports to us the history of Job which was experienced by God’s silence. Struck suddenly by the mourning, the disease, the suffering; job remained dumb during a week. Then he had to face the accusatory words of his friends. They tried to find reasons in his misfortunes.

That of useless speeches in front of those who cross the hurts! That of meaningless words, which show our incapacity to be understood! Difficult to keep silent while we would like to release his burdens and to find the understanding of his friends.

In God’s silence, Job does not remain silent. He speaks first, he shouts, he tells to God his anger, his misfortune. Then he keeps silent and God speaks to him; he learns while God is not reduced to the idea that he was made of him: “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42. 3-6)

In our internal conflicts, God wants to bring us to look at him, to experience his peace, which surpasses any intelligence (Philippians 4. 7). God’s silence is not God’s absence. And the test which He makes us cross maybe aims at carrying out in us a deep change.

In the silence of the test, let us think of the silence which Jesus knew on the cross on behalf of his God, exactly so that we are never alone.

Vous connaissez le Père

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God” 1John 3. 2
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8. 15, 16

A woman waiting for her husband to after work. Beside her a child about a year dozing in his stroller. Employees leave, a flood of unknown pass before the child. But suddenly, his face lights up. It moves and reaches out to someone who has just arrived. Responding to this silent demand, but so clear, the newcomer looks at the child and takes him in her arms. Does we make speeches to this child to tell him who his father was? Does we dictated the proper attitude? Of course not! But his spontaneous drive shows that he knows his dad, although he ignores all his occupation. His filiation is just as real now that within a few years when he is able to speak and understand. He is a child, in its own right, from birth.
This is also the same for a believer who begins his Christian life. The apostle John addresses to small children in the faith with soothing words “little children, because ye have known the Father” (1 John2. 13)

A newly converted believer is in this state little child. There might not be able to talk: his prayers are still hesitant. He has a lot to learn, but the Spirit of God communicates to him this new knowledge of God as Father. From his new birth, he is a child of God in itself, exceedingly mild privileges which he owns personally.