“God’s Word will Achieve The Purpose For Which He Sent It!”(Is.55:6-12).
In Kenjo Jumbam’s “The Whiteman of God” Yaa poses a pertinent worry about the benevolence of the Christian God. For Yaa it doesn’t make sense that a Good God can be definite in punishing disobedient children in hellfire for eternity.
The author is of course airing his theological worries through Grandma Yaa.
Perhaps a weakness of the missionary enterprise on the African continent was that it planted the fear of hell fire on people more than it highlighted the love of God. An overemphasis about hell and its torments kind of overshadowed the love of God which is the reason for the incarnation.
Hell’s destruction portray God as malevolent. God loved the world and gave his Son that those who believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life (Jn.3:16). In simple terms, a good and devoted teacher puts in his time and looks for all possible ways to teach all the students in his class because he wants that they should all pass their final examination. The punishment for those who fail does not become their final fate. Some who fail repeat and pass because “failure teaches success.”
God is like a patient teacher who does not get disappointed by how many times you fail. God is interested in how often you make the efforts to improve until you finally make it.
Lent seasons come as reminders that we failed the decisive examination; even though we may not have scored zero. Lent season reminds us that God is more than that devoted teacher who continues to patiently revise with failed students, knowing that you only fail when you stop trying.
Dear friend, as we are about to enter another Lent season, it is time we each take out our books for revision.
God’s word reminds us to: “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon…” We take note of the evil person foresaking his thoughts, because “thoughts are father to the acts.”
The LORD says, my “word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” And that is, whoever believes in his Son will not perish, but have eternal life.
Believe the word and obey the Son in thought, word and feed.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, make your word a lamp to our feet and a guide on our path. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.