Who is the Engineer?
From one man, he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.
Engineer – to lay out or mange – to guide the course of – syn: pilot, lead or steer
Many today are teaching God does not arrange our engineer our circumstances, that is a lie, do not listen, Satan is trying to deceive you so you will mold God into an image you want and not who He truly is. He determines the times, and the exact places we are to be each day so we will seek Him and reach out to Him, and perhaps find Him. Only through His Son we can live through Him, and move in the right direction and be who we are supposed to be in Him.
From one man, Adam, God our Father made every nation of human beings. Why?
Because He wanted them to inhabit the whole earth.
Who determined the times set for them, and the exact places where they should live? He did
(NIV) He determined the times set for them, and the exact places where they should live
(KJV) and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
The word determined means ordained, or willed beforehand. We have no control where God places us, he determines the times set for us and the bounds of our habitation.
The word time means “season”. This could be a season of crisis or blessing, we have no control over the times that he has given each of us to go through good or bad. We do not control the time, the bounds or limits of our habitation, He determines that, or ordains that for each human being.
The word bounds, or exact places means exact limits or boundaries he has placed them in.
He gives each of us our own limits we live with and through. Some have more than others but all bounds or limits He has given each human being because He is drawing them to Him, it is up to us in how we respond to our limits or places He has put us in.
This means our Father engineers our births, environments, our crisis, or blessing each of us are born into, or live through for His purpose of giving every human being an opportunity to seek him and perhaps find Him, so they can live through His provision. Why would God cause us to suffer in the time he places us in, or give us our own limits in this life?
NIV God did this so that men would seek him, and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
(KJV)That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.
God placed us in our time, and gave us our limitations in order that we might seek Him, feel after him and find him through Christ. A natural man is made to need God, but they do not know they need God, so through suffering a man’s limitations or boundaries are revealed, and they have been given an opportunity to seek and perhaps find God that takes them beyond themselves, and their own limits. Is he far away from any human being?
No, He is not far from each one of us, but only through Jesus Christ do we know how close His love and presence is to us, and how far our love is away from Him. Only through His Spirit can we remain close to Him, and Him to us for His word to be dwelling in us as the Son was One with the Father we also are One with the Father through Him. Why? Because only through Him can we truly live, go where ever He leads without fear, and know our true selves.
For In Him we live and move and have our being.
This statement tells us when we live through His Spirit, He will move us forever forward by His guiding love and wisdom. We know who we are in Him regardless of our circumstances, because we have our being, or soul in Him. Our soul is well no matter the circumstance he has placed us in, because in Him we have no limit, He will draw others to Him through us because we live and move in Him.
Some people today think human beings control the times and the places they are in by their determined will or choices they make. That would mean the righteous would make good choices and all good things would happen to them, and the unrighteous would make bad choices and all misery would be due to their own choices. This world would require no need for a Savior or the Cross.
For example, for the unrighteous in this world every time a person would make a bad choice in drinking excessively and drive then an accident would occur. Each time a person smoked they would get lung cancer. Each time an expected mother did drugs her child would be born an addict. Each time a homosexual practiced an act of sexual immorality they would become infected with the aids virus. Each time a person committed adultery they would get a divorce and their marriage would fail.
In this world, the righteous would never smoke, and they would never have lung cancer. They would eat right, exercise, and no sickness would take over their bodies. They would not commit adultery and their marriages would never fail. They would never practice any homosexual act so they would never become infected with the aids virus.
In the real natural world, we know there are some people who never smoke, but they still get lung cancer. In the real natural world, we also know many who eat right, exercise, and sickness still over takes their body, and mind in many ways. We also know in the real natural world people drink excessively, and do not get involved in a accident. We also know marriages don’t always fail when someone commits adultery, and others fail without committing adultery. We also know homosexuals that commit sexual immorality are not affected by the aids virus, and we also know some people are effected by the aids virus that have never committed a sexual immoral act.
God wrote Ecclesiastes through Solomon or through another wise man to prove how we fit into God’s life given to us through His Son. He had seen in his world what we see in ours, and God tells us who, and what we all should consider.
Ecclesiastes 7:12-13 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider; God has made the one as well as the other, Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
Ecclesiastes 7:15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living in in his wickedness. Do not be over righteous, neither be over wise- why destroy yourself? Do not be over wicked, and do not be a fool- why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid every extreme.
Others believe God controls everything and no freewill is required because he controls everything so it does not matter what they are willing to give up or willing to keep because His will, will be done, regardless of their will. This too would require no need for the Cross because whether one believes in Christ or not would not matter in this world they believe in because they believe God’s will prevails for the believer as well as the unbelievers regardless of the choices they make.
This is “half true”, regardless of the choices we make God’s will, will be accomplished and done according to His purpose and plan for all Heaven, earth, and that includes all the inhabitants on earth, but those who do not receive Jesus Christ will not know His personal will, and plan for their own personal lives, and will not be able for their souls to be a live in Him, and through them now and for eternity. Those who freely receive Christ and willingly have received all they have been given by Him, and they will freely give to others whatever they have received from Him doing His will for their lives. They all know God and His perfect will for their lives because they have submitted all of themselves to Him everyday of their lives.
Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this message: The kingdom of Heaven is near, Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
This does not mean His children who are living in, and through Him will not be disciplined by Him through hardships. This is not Satan trying to destroy his children has some may be taught, and it is not God engineering His children to suffer for no reason or His purpose behind it. This is God disciplining his children as our Father because He loves us. He will use anything He chooses to discipline us if it makes us more faithful, holy, and dependent on Him. He knows what will move us to submitting more to Him. He desperately wants to work in and through us for our good and the good of others. He knows who will submit more of themselves to Him through His discipline and who will not. We can either run from Him or run to Him by submitting more of ourselves to Him by the faith He gives us.
Hebrews 12:9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful, later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
His discipline produces a harvest of His righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it, but for those who have not been trained by His discipline they will not produce His righteousness and have His peace.
God teaches us through Paul many times without holiness no one will see the Lord, and this is what our Father’s discipline is aimed in producing in, and through His children. He arranges these hardships in our lives for His purpose of making us a people of His very own, because He knows what is best for us so we can live in and through Him, be healed by His power and grace that produces in us His holiness.
Today do not listen to people who tell you God does not arrange, or engineer our hardships. If He is your Heavenly Father than He will, and if He isn't than you are not His child. He does for all of us because he wants us to reach out to Him as His child, and perhaps find Him, so we can live in Him, move in Him and have our right being in Him by all He gives us of Himself to live in and through each day! He is a great Father that engineers everything for our good!!