“…None can stay his hand, or say unto him, what does thou? (Dan.4:35)”
The key verse is taken from an event in the life of Nebuchadnezzar . He was a gentile king, a historical figure. He would have strutted like a Colossus but being a man he could not get his act together. A touch of madness can bring down the grandeur of the most autocratic ruler. He lifted his eyes unto heaven, and ‘mine understanding returned unto me’. From whence came this inspiration to look up to heaven? Or for that matter when lucidity came on the sick man he could bless the Most High?
What is visible is finite and it is what we observe our visible universe. What is unseen is not so.
Man knows quite a lot as a great king possesses great many lands and peoples to rule over. None of these however can cure a man who is desperately sick, and is without God. Glory of the world and man is like grass. What changes the rosy cheek of a girl and makes her a hag stamps the finite aspect in each of us. The life of the king shows there is something far greater power, invisible controls as it were, exist between the finite creatures and the Maker of heaven and the earth.
Sovereign will of the Lord God is not something apart from his substance. When He commands, “Let there be light: and there was light (Ge.1:3).” It is manifest in the effect. He is Cause and in its effect to which Will of God must hold some value, Is it not? It describes what we call as free will.
God is Will (Intent) synonymous with what is made visible. Thus we have the Word (Thought) and Word made flesh; we have God the Father and the Son of man. In a manner of speaking we deduce from our consciousness that we exist since it explains how God as Will exists. Will may be invisible but Son of man as ‘image of the Invisible God’ has declared it. We believe it is so. In short the Bible is God document.
Given our ability to abstract thinking we accept the Cause of Itself (causa sui) as the Almighty God. Heaven and the earth are medium within which we read the Will of God operates. God being infinite is there is limit to say, ‘no further’? Human mind can imagine but being finite it imposes a limit and it is the arbitrary envelope stated above. Faith as a theological term connects the dotted line between us and God. Our Christian experience begins with it and consequently our faith exists because He willed in his creation act. Fiat Lux! Our reflexive faith is grounded on it.
God as the creator of heaven and the earth exercised faith. Faith is one as the Lord is one (Eph.4:5). Whenever man exercises faith in whichever measure, it sets him face to face with God. Faith is reflexive since God first exercised it. He revealed it rather. One does not reveal unless there is a specific purpose, is it not? The Lord God revealed his glory to Prophet Isaiah in order to charge him with a mission. God knew Jeremiah even before he was born (Je.1:4) God filled John with the Holy Spirit while he was in his womb. Faith of God invested in him was for his role as the Messenger, the Voice in the wilderness and that he discharged it when he baptized his Son in the river Jordan. He exercised faith in bearing record that he was the Lamb of God (Jn.1:36).
What does the epistle of Peter say? “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of men; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost(2 Pe.1:21).” The prophets who spoke as God commanded them display reflexive functionalism.
God provides man on a mission with qualities that serve divine Intent. Functionalism is hinged about faith and God commanding Moses to throw down his staff for example was to instill faith in him. In his command “…Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail (Ex.4:4)’ God was doing just that. Deliverance of Israel depended on him. Simon Peter walking on water as his master did was on faith but when he saw wind becoming ‘boisterous he was afraid and began to sink…(Mt.14:29-30).’ Circumstances distracted the apostle and took away his eye from Jesus. Faith that we are discussing here is connected with God and his creative faith.
Scientists speak of REM phase that lasts about 20 minutes during which most dreams occur. This phase has been indicated by rapid eye movement of the sleeper. If he is asleep why move eyes at all? Being aware of God is as dead giveaway of God existing whether we can rationally explain His existence or not.
In understanding nature and physical phenomena do not create faith but defines us. In that glorious sunrise we are overwhelmed by our smallness against something beyond our capacity to put in words. God is not in nature but it explains in its orderliness an attribute of his substance.
When I say I shall eat something the need was already created in mind first. It is thus faith that the body acts upon. Here is physical necessity created because of body already existing. Now consider this verse “There is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether (Ps.139:4)” Our free will is circumscribed by that of God for which consider the verse above: “Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” When one puts outside that will, it is disobedience, the sin Adam committed by listening to the serpent. Rational faculties of Adam and Eve could not resist the possible motive of God in the way the Great Liar presented it. Similarly one mistakes God from so many attributes of God the earth present as physical reality. Pantheism is another way Satan misleads knowing our rational way of thinking will take the bait if given line of thought in a set order.
When we stray from obeying Will our choices progressively narrow down as on a chessboard. It was thus the house of Israel requested Samuel to make a king over them since his children were not good examples to follow after once he had gone. God led them through Judges while the nations surrounding them had kings to lead them in war as well as judge their cause. God told Samuel to do as they wanted. (1 Sa.8:23). We see how progressively they were caught up in so many snares. Their national life was disrupted and were scattered to four corners of the earth.