What A Mess!

this 1I’ve just come from seeing an extraordinary movie.  Made by the same group that produced “God’s Not Dead,” this film explores the lives of twelve individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, and creeds.

I wrote glowingly of the movie “God’s Not Dead” but I’ve got to tell you that this film is superior in a number of ways.  I won’t go into details of the plot but as I was watching, the thought, “Life is messy” kept going through my mind.  To make it even clearer, the Christian experience is messy.  God’s Word even describes its beginnings as a birth and new believers in Christ as babies.  If you’ve ever had or taken care of a baby, you know – they are indeed messy.

Too many people in church who consider themselves Christians believe that God’s intent in the universe is to make life comfortable, convenient, or just complacent.  But this great motion picture puts that notion to rest in a very, very realistic way. I would dare say that every single person seeing this film will directly relate to one of the twelve people in the story… if not more than one.

This movie will challenge your life as it’s perhaps never been challenged before with the bottom line conclusion that only God knows what He’s doing in the lives of people – people whom He loves with an awesome love.

The underlying query of “Why does God do what He does?” permeates this picture.  The answer might surprise you.  Within the first five minutes the movie asks, “Do you believe?”  Then the story leads you to the answer of a second question.

 “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.         Job 42:2 

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.         Romans 8:28

I recommend this movie as the best faith-based film I have ever seen!  Really!

All of us have gone through experiences where we thought God was far off, unloving, or just mean.  This movie takes you on that journey with plot twists.  Along with some characters in this film, we all can come to a point where we just don’t know what to do.  This is not a new or “modern” predicament.  And the show gives us an age old, and tested solution…

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”         2 Chronicles 20:12 

When circumstances are viewed from our very limited, and often skewed, vantage points it is important to be reminded – Who’s the One in charge?  Who is the One who always does the right thing at the right time for absolutely the right reasons.

“For I proclaim the name of the Lord; Ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.         Deuteronomy 32:3–4

Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.         Isaiah 55:6–9 

A sovereign, loving God works in our communities to bring us opportunities to live out our faith.  He will respond with power, grace, and strength even when we don’t understand what He is doing or why He’s doing it.  Thus the second question arises.  See the film to hear that question and see the answer lived out in the lives of twelve average people.

But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?         James 2:20

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.         James 2:26 

For more information about this great movie you can go to this link:  www.doyoubelieve.com.  View the trailer.  There’s even a place where you can check for a theater where it is being shown near you.  But go see this film.  Order the CD.  Take your church small group or Bible study.  Take a friend.  Take your family.  It may very well change your life.

Do you believe?

Think about it…

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