THE GOD FOR ALL SEASONS

THE GOD FOR ALL SEASONS

In 1960, Robert Bolt wrote a play called A Man for all Seasons. The plot escapes me at this point but I’m sure if you follow the link, it should give you more than enough trivia to satisfy your curiosity. The plot has got little to do with what I would like us to think about today however, but the title does.

We are all looking for ‘the man for all seasons’ aren’t we? Whether we are looking for someone to employ or marry; not that they are very different, to be honest; we are looking for someone who will be there through thick and thin, be equipped and skilled to solve all our troubles; our own Swiss army knife with arms, legs and a brain.

Sports teams love such a versatile player too. The 6th man on a basketball team or the 12th man on a soccer team; the ‘go to’ guy when the chips are down, the one the team can rely on to play any position and turn the game around; and for some of us, we are also looking for those same qualities in God, ‘the God for all seasons’.

I live in a multi-racial, multi-religious community in which you can just about worship anything as long as it doesn’t get in the way of others doing the same. And when I take a stroll down ‘temple street’, I am amazed at how people can go from temple to temple praying to the various deities. Surely they must believe in the American Express tagline of ‘membership has its privileges’. Won’t signing up for so many ‘memberships’ dilute their effectiveness?

But jokes and snide comments aside, have you ever wondered if our Father is ‘the God for all seasons’? Can we really rely on Him for anything and everything, at any time and every time? Well beloved, yes we can. Here is why.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

Ours is a triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When I was a boy, yet unschooled and immature, I was asked to explain the nature of this triune God in class. It was just a simple sharing session of our faiths; nothing major, nothing intellectual. But looking back, I shudder to think how I even dared attempt to discuss, in one minute, what theologians take volumes to explain. So, unsurprisingly, I came up with the water analogy; ice, steam and water, three states, same substance; three forms, one God. I know, bad analogy.

But that got me thinking, why three persons? Why not just one? Well, to this day, I don’t really know why, but I can see what it does, it makes our God comprehensive, the God for all seasons.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

In Jesus is grace and truth, and this is why Paul said,

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

So just what exactly is grace?

“For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].” Romans 6:14 [AMPC]

Grace is favor, grace is mercy, grace is everything and anything that you get but you don’t deserve. And Jesus came to bring us that grace.

“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:8-10 [AMPC]

Through His blood shed on the cross, He gave us full remission of sins. By His death, we also died to sin and so were set free of its power. And by His rising we rise into a new life with Him, one that has good works predestined for us that we should walk in them. So in Jesus and through Jesus comes all our provision and protection for any situation and circumstance. For He was not kidding when, amongst other similar promises, He said,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Jesus came to cash the checks our prayers write and our Father signs off on.

But it’s pointless to come bringing all these if no one knows about it, right? So Jesus is also the advertiser, the one who brings the truth. And what is the truth? The truth is not a ‘what’. It is a ‘who’.

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

That is why Jesus said,

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

You know, one thing about Jesus was that He liked to talk in parables so that for those who had not the heart to believe,

“Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:12

But later on, through Paul, Jesus reveals the mystery,

“The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.” Ephesians 3:6 [MSG]

So “The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” Colossians 1:27 [MSG]

That is why we can say

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 [AMPC]

The communion of the Holy Spirit
So in Jesus we find provision and protection and in the Holy Spirit we find solace. The Holy Spirit is like our BFF, our friend in times of need. When we don’t know what to do, He is there to guide and direct. When we don’t know how to ask, He asks for us. When we are down, He comforts us. When we are joyful, He rejoices with us. That is why Jesus describes of Him,

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]

The Holy Spirit is the teacher, the counselor, the helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby. Essentially He is our crutch, our staff, our BFF. And if we ever forget anything, He is our reminder.

The love of God
But all these would not have been possible if not for the love of our Father, the love of Jesus and the love of the Holy Spirit. If your mind can understand the unity in the trinity, then you will realize that it is the same love with the same intensity. But if you can’t get your head around it and still see them as separate, it is also alright for the Son must love you just as much as the Father does to be willing to sacrifice Himself for you and the Spirit must love you as much as They do to be willing to put up with guiding the stubborn old mule that you are, true? For remember,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

It is God’s will, which spawned from His love for you, that made Him willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of letting His Son take your place on the cross. It is God’s will, which spawned from His love for you, that made it possible for us, who were merely His creation, to become His children. Don’t ask me why God loves you so much. I don’t know. Ask Him when you see Him.

But what I do know is this; the all-encompassing love of God, is the reason why you were reached, touched and saved. Jesus’ sacrifice is why you were made clean and eligible for all the provision and protection that He came to give. And while we are on the way, when we get lost and feel alone, the Spirit is there with us to comfort us, counsel us, cheer and guide us.

So are you looking for the God of all seasons? Look no further, for He has already found you. Just let Him love you today.

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