ALL IN ALL
BY: FRED PRUITT
All in all truly means everything. When you say God is All in all you mean He is the ALL in everything that is. The ALL of everything.
It may take quite a struggle sometimes to come to that place in faith. Because the opposite of the vision of God All in all is the chaos we see with our eyes and experience in our bodies and souls. And that’s what seems to be the real thing, and that chaos seems to have no visible remedies. Or at least nothing lasting. While putting out one fire, four more flame up, and fifteen more are smouldering getting ready to flame.
And all that, since we can see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, seems far more real in its plethora of problems than any supposed invisible remedy.
And this is the land of temptation. Temptation’s job is simply to get us to believe in the temporal rather than God. We’re an easy mark because we’ve always believed in the temporal, so it’s intimately familiar territory.
But that’s the way it starts, this seeing God “All in all.” By seeing exactly the opposite, the temporal raising up its head as if it is a power unto itself and daring us to defy it.
I find there comes a decisive moment in every temptation/struggle in faith…the moment of declaration of final intent (so to speak)…
You may argue with yourself, God, or your enemy for quite a while…say this and that about what you will do, think you should do, believe, don’t believe…
But grace has brought us there in the first place, and grace leads us to faith as well…and somewhere in there the faith-moment comes, where in our hearts or minds and sealed maybe with lips or pen, we let issues go and lie down and rest in God.
When we “lie down and rest in God” (by faith seeing God ALL in all in the Peace of the Father) then comes the Resurrection, which is the Proactive God as Christ bursting onto the scene of our universe, not as a merely passive spectator but as a purposed redeemer, healer and reconciler, the Word of God. And that spoken Word that is our lives, then is outbreathed into our world, and the Spirit changes the universe after the image God ordains by us.
And all of it – from initially seeing the opposite to the reconciliation of all things – is God All in all.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:11
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
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