God of Intention - Romans 8:28
A butterfly flapping its wings in Beijing
affects the weather in Corsica.
The flap of a butterfly's wings in New York
City causes an earthquake in China.
A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil sets
off a tornado in Texas.
MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz
Speaking to the American Association
for the Advancement of Science
Apparently we want to believe in this myth,
that small, unknown actions occurring far
away may end up having a great affect on
our lives, and there’s nothing we can do
about it - we are at the mercy of such
“Anything can happen, and it
Randomism is the extreme opposite of
everything is already set - nothing we
do or say can alter the inevitable
The children of fatalism:
belief in astrological signs
biological and psychological
One consequence of fatalism is
despair. What’s the use of thinking,
planning, preparing, working hard or
The same consequence can be found
at the other extreme, randomism.
“To a Mouse”
by 18th century Scottish poet
Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Little, sleek, cowering, timorous beast,
O, what a panic is in your breast!
You need not run away so hasty,
With bickering brattle!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With murdering prattle!
I’m truly sorry man’s dominion,
Has broken nature’s social union,
And justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes you startle
At me, your poor, earth-born companion,
And fellow mortal!
I doubt not, sometimes, but you may thieve;
What then? Poor beast, you must live!
A meager kernel in a bundle,
So small a request;
I’ll get a blessing with the rest,
And never miss it!
Your wee bit house, too, in ruin!
Its silly ways the winds are strewin’!
And nothing, now, to build a new one,
Made of moss green!
And bleak December’s winds ensuin’,
Both swift and keen!
You saw the fields laid bare and waste,
And weary winter coming fast,
And cozy here, beneath the blast,
You thought to dwell -
Till crash! The plow cutter passed
Out through your cell.
That wee bit heap of leaves and stubble,
Has cost you many a weary nibble!
Now you’re turned out, for all your trouble,
From house or hole,
To bear the winter’s sleety dribble,
And hoarfrost cold!
But Mousie, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes of mice and men
Go oft askew,
And leave us naught but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
Still you are blessed, compared with me;
The present only touches thee;
But ouch! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects drear!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!
First meant “at great
speed” then came to
mean "carelessly, and
Now random is defined as being “without
definite aim, direction, rule or method -
haphazard, showing the result of accident
rather than design - implies little or no
guidance by a governing mind, eye, or
objective. Being at the mercy of chance.”
Christian faith has
no relationship with
True, anything can happen, and it probably
will - - if it is directed by an all knowing,
all wise, all loving God and Father of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
“And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of
evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye
call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me,
and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek
me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart.” (KJV)
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares
the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray
to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me
and find me when you seek me with all your
KJV vs NIV
"thoughts" not "plans"
"peace" not "prosper”
Joseph, like the mouse in Burns’
poem, was run over by the plow of
his brothers’ jealousy, was nearly
killed, and then sold as a slave.
When Joseph was finally able to
confront his brothers, he said –
“You intended harm, but God intended
good. God wins.”
As usual, the promise of Romans 8:28
has a limitation - not everyone can
rightfully lay claim to it.