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We Go Where He Takes Us

- but who is “he”?

June 18, 2011

"My Friends . This is the day that generations of our people gave up everything for."

"It comes to this, at last."

"Everything this _____ has ever done is about to converge in one pivotal event."

"Yes. But we've never discussed in detail what follows. I can't stop wondering ... What will tomorrow bring? With this task accomplished, what we will do after that?"

"There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us."

OMG!! How scary is that.
And who would ever put themselves in a position like that?

"There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us."

No one - right?

OK - if you just answered that question in your own mind right now -
let me ask you a question.
What position is it that you think I'm asking about?
Be very specific.
Because the answer may surprise you.


But first - let's see where this comes from.

It's from a book series that I recently finished reading - "The Dominion Trilogy", by Robin Parrish. The particular book in the series is Fearless.

This conversation takes place in a secret society meeting where they are controlling the outcome of the world. All their hopes rest on one person that they have groomed for the position he's now in. And all their hopes rest on him. They (and the rest of the world) will go where he takes them.


Now - back to my question.
What position is it that no one would ever put themselves in?

If you think I meant - no one would ever put themselves in a position where they go wherever "he" (someone) takes them - sorry - thanks for playing - but that's not what I had in mind.

If you think I meant - no one would ever put themselves in a position where they didn't have a clue where "he" (someone) would take them, including the very real possibility of taking them to oblivion - that is the right answer.


You see - I think we're already in that position of going wherever "he" takes us.
The only question for us - the most important decision we will ever make - who is "he"?


We may like to believe there are lots of choices as to who "he" is - who we will choose to follow - or in some cases, what we decide to follow - not to mention those who think they need to follow no one (translation - they control everything themselves).
Unfortunately - for those people - we didn't create this world we live in.


For those who question God and why things happen the way they do - there's a wonderful book in the OT that has His answer. I'd love to put in several chapters from it, but I'll settle for a few verses.

It's from the book of Job - who totally believed in God - but still questioned why things were happening to him - really bad things - things that he didn't think he deserved. And he wanted to talk to God so he could defend himself and pretty much straighten God out.

God's answer comes in chapters 38-41 - but here's just the very beginning -

The LORD Speaks

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:

Job 38:2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?

Job 38:3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

Job 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.

Job 38:5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

Job 38:6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—

Job 38:7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?


If you think you don't have to answer to God - just pretend for a minute that you really did have to. How would you answer these questions?


Four chapters later, after God finished talking to Job - here's Job's answer, in verses 42:1-6 --

Job

Job 42:1 Then Job replied to the LORD:
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.

Job 42:4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’

Job 42:5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.

Job 42:6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”


Job totally loved God - but questioned Him.
What Job didn't know during his questioning - although he felt that it must be true - was that God also totally loved Job.
During the time that Job was questioning God - there were 3 of Job's friends with him. They were essentially saying that God was "right" to punish Job - and that Job was in the wrong.
God response to them comes in verses 42:7-9 --

Job 42:7 After the LORD had said these things to Job , he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.


Really? Job questions God - his friends say God is right and Job is wrong - and God tells the friends that they should have Job pray for them, after telling Job that he doesn't understand what God has done.

What that says - we don't understand - true enough.

But it also says that if we have an honest conversation with God - like Job did - God will take care of us - stay with us - take us with Him. We will go where "He" leads us.

And this conversation is from someone who totally loves God. It sounds like maybe things aren't so good all through the first 37 chapters - then go from bad to worse in chapter 38. But then we get to the end - and God tells the friends that His servant Job will pray for them - and they won't have to deal with God's anger because of what they said.


What if we don't love God? What if our love is for something or someone else? What if we don't even believe in God?

Well - Jesus talks about that in Matthew 12:22-37 --

Jesus and Beelzebub

Mt 12:22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

Mt 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Mt 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Mt 12:29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.

Mt 12:30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Mt 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”


“He who is not with me is against me..."


OK - that's pretty clear.

And He makes the rules - not us.
No matter how much we may care to claim otherwise -
no matter how much we complain -
no matter how loud we are -
no matter how good we are at ignoring God during this life -
He still makes the rules.

And that's one of them.


“He who is not with me is against me..."


SO - back to the original question.

We are already in the position of going wherever "he" takes us.

The question for us to answer - will it be Jesus or not.
Will it be Jesus or someone / something else?
Will it be Jesus or Satan?

And in the end - pun intended - that is the question -

will we go where He (Jesus) takes us
or
will we go where he (Satan) takes us?

That's why I wrote -

If you think I meant - no one would ever put themselves in a position where they go wherever "he" (someone) takes them - sorry - thanks for playing - but that's not what I had in mind.


So - the alternative is -

If you think I meant - no one would ever put themselves in a position where they didn't have a clue where "he" (someone) would take them, including the very real possibility of taking them to oblivion - that is the right answer.


Translation -
know who you are following -
know who's taking you someplace -
know where that place is.
We are all in the position of following "him". No choice in the matter about that.
Our choice is all about who "him" is.


One may wonder -
Is the alternative to following Jesus to Heaven really going to be following Satan to Hell?
Is there nothing else?
Maybe Satan will win in the end?


Here's Jesus' answer to the question - from Revelation 4:1

“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

And from there the book continues with the final battle between good and evil -
between God and Satan -
and God wins.


And so the question remains.

Do you really know who you are following ?

Do you really know where he's taking you?

If not - it's time to start learning.

If you think you're not following either of them - think again.
If you think you're following no one - or following your own way -
you are following Satan.

Realize that you are following someone - you are following "him"

Do some research -
learn as much as you can -
learn the truth about both choices -
and then decide -

are you going to follow "him" or Him?

are you going to follow a god - or the God?


You are following a "god".
As this site's name says -
the question is -

which "god" - god or God?


Since I started this off with the Dominion Trilogy - want to know how Robin Parrish dealt with this in the books?

If you don't - stop reading here! Come back after you've finished reading the books.

If you do - keep going.


The character who is "him" (Grant Borrows) ends up in a conversation with God - while he's suspended somewhere between life and death. Grant wants to know why he was chosen to be the one who was in this position of being the person this secret society put in place. He wants to know how God could let this happen.

and God's answer to why it had to be Grant Borrows in this position-

"Because there is only one thing that you have ever wanted in your entire life, and it is not power, nor possessions, nor fame. All you have ever wanted, Grant Borrows, is to be loved. But understand -- this desire does not make you unique. It does not set you apart, or make you 'worthy' or 'chosen'. What it makes you ... is human."

...

"So while the Secretum plotted for a cruel, vicious man to be born as the Bringer, I had other plans. And my plans will not be undone. Not even against seven thousands years of man's cleverest schemes"


“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

It is going to happen.


The "him" you are following is going to lead you someplace.

It's that way for all of us.


Learn - choose wisely.


Job 42:1 Then Job replied to the LORD:
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.