When God Becomes an Onlooker
God created humans not to be an onlooker (onlooker is defined as a person who watches something that is happening but not involved in it) in our activities but to be a partaker of our activities. However, he gives man the freedom to invite him or not to invite him to his activities. If man does not invite him to what he wants to do God will not force himself to know what man wants to do. Though, he has eyes and could see all that man is doing at once, but he still wants man to take him along in the proceedings of things on what he wants to do.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, ….” (2 Ch 16:9a)
“The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.” (Psa 11:4)
Before the woman was created to join the man, in the garden of Eden I believe that Adam has been carrying along Yahweh in what he wants to do. We read of some works that God committed into the hands of Adam them, and he formed good partnership with the Lord in those, as he was working with him to ensure that everything works as expected. Let us see some of his earlier works in which he was carrying God along while executing them.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
“And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” (Gen 2:15, 19-20)
We shall see from the bible accounts above that Father Adam was doing three things while in the garden namely; dressing the garden, keeping the garden and naming the animals and plants in the garden.
Those works are serious works, even if we cannot readily think about others, I know those who have studied biology would know the last work is laborious when you want to know the botanical names of plants and animals the phylum and so on. It is not an easy task.
This was the task he was executing, he named every animals and beats, classed them into their groups, phylum and all that, and when God comes he wouldn’t misplace phylum A for phylum B, he was accurate in the mentioning of the names to the Lord because he was carrying the Lord along in all of these, thus he was a success in them all.
However, things changed after a while and God was kept in the oblivion of what was being done. I will want us to see some accounts out of the many in the bible where God becomes an onlooker in man’s affairs.
Eve, in The Garden of Eden
I believe Eve has been following the pattern of his husband for a while carrying the Lord along in the kind of fruits she wants to pluck for her husband, the kinds of meal she wants to prepare for her lover daily. The enemies, serpent, which is written in Hebrew as “נחשׁ”, Romanized form is nâchâsh (pronounced as naw-khawsh') but e-Sword in her commentary says the Samaritan copy, instead of writing nachash, for "a serpent," it says cachash, which means "a liar or deceiver," (Joh. 8:44)
This deceiver went to Eve, and deceptively discouraged her from carrying the Lord along in what she was doing, thence setting the Lord aside in her decision of what she wants to prepare for her love and husband.
Having been given freedom to either invite or not invite him to the scene, God was watching how the events would unfold with the serpent.
Adam Toed His Wife’s Path
Soon enough Adam returned from what he was doing at other parts of the garden, returned hungry I presumed after the day’s work. And when he returned home his wife told him how she has shut the Lord out of her decision that day and had listened to the tales from the liar, the serpent. In the stead of Adam too to involve God in what he wants to do maybe there would be remedy before the situation grew from bad to worse, he likewise toed the path of his wife and shut the Lord out, making him an onlooker in the decision he would take.
The Results of What They did
We all (bible students) could recall what the outcome of what they did was, as the Lord sends them out of the garden and shuts the garden against them. Prior that he has said some things into the life of the woman and the land he cursed for the man’s sake while he did not overlook what the serpent has done. As from this time has death and other troubles become part and parcel of man.
Elimelech and Naomi
The story of the wonderful couple could be found in the book of Ruth. E-Sword in its commentary says, “this book (Ruth) is evidently a supplement to the book of Judges, and an introduction to that of Samuel, between which it is placed with great propriety. In the ancient Jewish canon, it formed a part of the book of Judges; but the modern Jews make it one of the five Megilloth, which they place towards the end of the Old Testament.”
They have been peacefully living together in the land God has placed them until famine broke out in the land. When famine broke out, they tried to cope with the recession and other changes, but it got to a time that they cannot cope again, thus they decided to leave their country for the land of Moab.
“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
“And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.” (Rth 1:1-2)
David Guzik in his commentary of this place says, their steps were in wrong direction for sometimes we may be thinking we are running away from a problem not knowing that we are taking the problems along with us, for we cannot run from ourselves.
As everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes during this dark age, that was what prompted the man and his family to go to where God has forbidden them from going because their movement took them through Jericho, Judean wilderness near dead sea, into Moab. It was a departure from the Promised Land.
“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Jdg 17:6)
In their decision they left the Lord out of their decision to go into the land of Moab. When they left the Lord out God too was looking at them to know what would become their end.
High Priest Eli
The high Priest of the land did his best in following the rules and the Mosaic Laws as it has been handed over to him by his fore fathers. However, he grew old and handed the work over to his sons, his sons however were not following the ordinances of the Lord as expected of them as it has been laid down in the book of the Law.
“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
“Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
“Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” (1 Sa 2:12, 15 & 22)
Messages were sent to Eli on this respect, but he would not listen to the messages sent to him on his child saying it is God he can do what he likes.
“And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.” (1 Sa 3:18)
The Younger Son
Jesus shared the story of a man who has two sons with the younger one asking for his inheritance even when the father was yet alive. The father gave him what ought to be his portion of his inheritance and he left his father to a distant country where he spent everything he has inherited from the father. (Luk 15:11-32)
Jesus was using the story to tell all and sundry that we have left God and every one of us has been following his own paths we have kept God out of the loops of our lives turning him to onlooker, in what we are doing. And except we invite him to partake in what we are doing he wouldn’t dare partake in it. But it is his (God) earnest desire that we involve him in what we are doing.
Reasons why God Wants to be Involved in our Activities
Some of the reasons why God wants us to be involving him in what we are doing are:
1. He Wants to Guide us: We should know that the world is the habitation of the wicked people. Sometimes we shall think we know some things but later we shall discover that we do not know what we think we know. But this God knows, and he will guide us through those paths if we can carry him along.
2. He Wants to Guard us: The bible says he that keeps Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psa 121:4)
He will be our sure guard if we can carry him along in our daily activities, he will keep watch over us always and would not allow us to stumble neither fall.
3. He Wants us to Hold Him Responsible: When someone is not involved in something, we cannot hold him responsible for what happens during the course of what one is doing or after what one has done. But for someone who has been carried along, and he fails to talk or share his mind on what was on going, the person can be rebuked for keeping a distance during the course of the program. God wants us to hold him responsible for what we are passing through if we really involve him.
You shall recall that this happens during the days of David and he asks God whether he should pursue his enemies or not and he was instructed, assuming anything they did not expect happens during the course of the pursuit, David would go back to God to ask for why, he would hold him responsible.
“And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” (1 Sa 30:8)
4. He Does Not Want us to Bear our Yokes Alone: It is said that burdens shared is half solved. God says in the bible that we should cast our burdens on him because he cares for us.
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psa 55:22)
Effects of God Becoming an Onlooker
1. Cast Out: when god became an onlooker during the days of Adam and Eve, they were sent out of the place of bliss the garden of Eden.
2. Walking and Working Under Curse: We shall be walking and working under the ancient curse when we shut the Lord out of our activities as it is written all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
3. We shall be Controlled by the Devil: We shall be under the direct influence of the devil when we shut the Lord out of our activities in the world. Though, humanly speaking we may be making some physical progress but those wouldn’t be acknowledged by God.
4. Death: Since all have sinned and come short of God’s glory and promises, what awaits us is death as the Lord said unto Adam that,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:16-17)
God as a sign of punishment may make our efforts to become fruitless on what we are doing if we do not involve him as believers.
Do you know how to involve God in your endeavors?
How to Involve God in our Endeavors
To involve God in our daily endeavors we need to be acquainted with the bible, for he says, search the scriptures for in it you have eternal life. (Joh 5:39). We also need to give ourselves to prayer, communing with him, telling him what we want to do and when we do so he promises to answer us (Jer 33:3). We may have made God onlooker in everything we are doing in the past before now, but it is high time as believers to start carrying him along in the scheme of things in our lives.
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