GodReflection: Is It Well with My Soul?
The Incarnate Word has been spoken. It calls the soul back to its place of peace that cannot be disturbed and love that will never be disappointed.― Augustine of Hippo, The Confessions of St. Augustine
To understand all that is soul is light years beyond my pay scale. To say that the grasp I have on soul comprehension is at a kindergarten level is a generous assessment.
Since I am in bottomless waters let me go one step further with a statement of the obvious. I don’t understand God. Still I wonder. Can Holy God hurt? Does He feel pain? Can His Holy Heart be wounded?
When I read the first two chapters of Genesis, I see a clue as to the grand nature of God’s plan. Not enough superlatives can be stamped on the blueprint of His design. Care and perfection are obvious.
The crescendo reaches its peak when God breathes life into a perfect body. It is as if He creates galaxies, earth with abundant life and then the most amazing workweek of Eternal God, Son and Spirit is topped off with the creation of man and woman.
The Eden Garden pictures God, the man and the woman in perfect harmony. The human soul was wed to the Divine Heart. All was as designed. Then, in an act beyond my capacity to understand Satan invades garden space and steals the souls’ allegiance from Holy God.
Surely, the heart of God must have hurt and ached with pain beyond human comprehension. The Divine-designed soul was highjacked.
Yet, embedded in His treasured creation the eternal soul held its blueprint. It was designed by God for God. The Creators aim was the human soul’s eternal existence in His presence.
Like a trail through mountains and meadows Scripture paints the path of the soul from our first breath to life in the next reality. In God fashion the journey leaves out enough detail to solicit from each of His children trust and faith in His faithful care.
For thousands of years a rejected God walks with humanity through the spiritual desert created by the fallen men and women of His Eden dreams.
In my New Testament the story of God crescendos once again just as it had in the creation of man. This time the plot line starts with an Angel visit to Mary and Joseph. Events from that visit rise to a climax in the ministry of Jesus. Then comes the plod through the sad scenes on Mt. Calvary with the final crescendo in the resurrection and ascension.
I see three major crescendos as God sings out the high notes of the soul design:
In the first climax God placed an eternal soul in humankind.
In the second high peak God provided Jesus as the sacrificial means to realign man’s soul to the Father.
Now in the third zenith of Holy history God envision the soul in His eternal fellowship. It is when the Holy Spirit breaks out in The Acts of the Apostles the third Holy crescendo of God’s story begins. The repentant crowd cries to the Apostle Peter, “What shall we do?” The response is, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The remainder of Scripture builds toward eternity where not only now but in a forever reunion the newly cleansed soul filled with the Holy Spirit of God will enjoy a forever reunion with its Creator.
Even today that third wave continues to climb toward its peak. Pretty awesome to contemplate the reality that my soul—everything that is my essence identified as Gary—was designed by God for God.
Would our lives become a stronger witness if each one of us who trust Jesus were to live each day as a soul designed by God for God?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: My Soul—Designed by God for God