"Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might." (Psalm 132:8)
Throughout history, there have been many expressions of Deism to express why God does not seem to be at work in the world. "Deism" is defined as a "belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it." There are many famous Deists in history: Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Mark Twain, Werner Von Braun, Andrei Sakharov, and Neil Armstrong, just to name a few.
To believe in the Bible of the Old and New Testament, is to deny Deism. God continues to work for good in our world. Verse 8, which I quoted above, according to The New Interpreter's Bible commentary, is "a poetic invitation to God to join David on the journey to Jerusalem." While David had to carry the Ark of the Covenant to be in the presence of God, we are blessed with the Holy Spirit who dwells intimately in and around all of us. We worship and celebrate a God who is not indifferent and distant from us, but a God who cares deeply and is working with us to bring justice and peace back to God's holy creation.
In your prayers today, ponder the key moments in history while you have been alive. Think about how they turned out, and how they might have turned out differently. I just finished watching an Amazon Video series show entitled, "The Man In the High Castle." It describes the 1960's United States, after Japan and Germany won World War II. The series is both highly entertaining and insightful. Continue by considering what if the Soviet Ships went through the American blockade and parked their nuclear missiles in Cuba? Or, if there had been simultaneous attacks in cities around the world, not just in Paris last month?
Now, ponder how your life might be different had God not participated in your life. What defining moments exist in your life? With a group of friends one night I literally flipped a coin to determine whether I would accept a year long internship in Oregon or Florida. It was heads, Florida. That is where I met Jill... Then, thank God for the Spirit's guidance through this tangled world in which we live.