One of the themes of the famous 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey was the idea of a man-made computer (names HAL) taking on human characteristics even taking on a will of its own. At a time when computers were not common, it was a revolutionary thought. Unlike HAL, human creations in real life are subject to their creators.
That reflects a principle set in motion by the God who created the world out of nothing and remains supreme over it. Humans, the pinnacle of God’s creation, attempt at times to rise up against the Creator and replace God’s will with their own. God’s response, in human terms, is to “laugh (and) hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:4). Yes, humanity has a will that can be exercised, but only within limits. God is the Creator who never relinquishes control of this world to human or spiritual beings.
When you next read a headline that makes you worry and wonder if God is still in control, remember that in the beginning God created everything by His word – a word that never fails to accomplish the purpose for which it was spoken.
Read: Isaiah 55:11
Scripture Readings for 18th Sunday after Pentecost – October 8, 2017
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-46
Epistle Reading: Philippians 3:4-14