Monday, October 17, 2016

woe to him

Lewis talks about the complex good today in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

He talks about the people who cooperate with God's will, and those who try to oppose it. And he explains that even those who act cruelly to others and try to thwart God's plan are used by God for good... because God uses EVERYTHING for good for those who love Him.

So we can choose to cooperate with His will (which is to do good in the world and help others), or we can choose to act contrary to His will. But if we choose to disobey, Lewis says we choose the role of Satan in this great drama... and we better be prepared to share his fate.

Jesus said this in other words. He said that things which cause people to stumble are bound to come. But woe to those through whom they come. It would be better for those people to be thrown into the ocean with a huge rock tied to them than to cause one of "these little ones" to stumble.

So yes. You could choose to fight Him. But it won't go so well for you.

Or you could ask Him to help you cooperate with His will. And then everything will work out for your good.

It doesn't seem like a tough decision. But you know how often people choose the former and resist the latter. May we ask for wisdom.

God, thanks for teaching us about the complex good. Please help us cooperate with Your will.