He has a purpose and a plan for everything.
The God of the Bible has a Reason for what He does. He Remembers what He said, and His goal is the Restoration of Man. In other words, He has a purpose and a plan for everything. Nothing that God does is done by accident. God acts with forethought and makes His purposes known to man through His Word, the Bible.
His purpose for us is first revealed through His design in the Bible which begins with general creation in Genesis 1:1, and continues with the creation of man and woman in Genesis 2:22. Adam and Eve were amazing but imperfect beings, complete with free will. Although created in the image of God, they fell into sin because they refused to heed God’s direction. God’s purpose is evident as He outlines His plan of restoration throughout the rest of the Bible text. It culminates through those who desire the “water of life,” the free gift spoken of in Revelation 22:17. It would be unreasonable to have created man and simply dumped him on the planet, letting him flounder and fail in sin. However, some people may feel that this is exactly what happened, but the God of the Bible is a reasonable God who provides direction, guidance, and restoration.
- How is God reasonable?
- What does God provide for us regarding direction or instruction?
- The Ten Commandments are rules of conduct or laws, but are they absolute or is there some wiggle room?
- What is God’s way of providing restoration?
- Will He negotiate with us about the specific circumstances of our lives? After all, there are reasons that things happen that are out of our control, and they are no one’s fault, right?
These are very legitimate questions, but the answers do not always seem so simple. We will start our exploration and search for the answers with the definition of the word reasonable.
First, let’s examine the uses of the word reason, which occurs as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it refers to the why of something. It describes knowing the purpose, goal, or motivation for why something happens, occurs, or exists. This is the most common usage of the word and the most readily understood. As a verb, reason means to discuss, influence, or persuade. It is not commonly used in conversation. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary gives the following uses for the word, reason.
A statement or fact that explains why something is the way it is, why someone does, thinks, or says something, or why someone behaves a certain way.
1a) to take part in conversation, discussion, or argument 1b) to talk with another so as to influence actions or opinions.
2) the power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways.
Reasonable is an adjective and is used to describe one who uses reason. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary gives the following definitions for the adjective reasonable.
1a) being in accordance with reason 1b) not extreme or excessive
2a) having the faculty of reason 2b) possessing sound judgment.
Based on these definitions, it is safe to conclude that a reasonable person is able to take part in a conversation, influence actions, comprehend, think orderly and rationally, and possesses sound judgment.
That seems to fit God, doesn’t it?
To learn more about this subject, read Chapter 10,
Reason, Remembrance and Restoration
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