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Why Does God Do It?

Don - March 29, 2006

Why does God go to such great lengths to accomplish His plan?  We have been reading about Joseph and his blessings.  But when you examine the big picture it seems like a whole lot of trouble that could have been accomplished in an easier way.

The end result of all of Joseph’s trials was getting his family (actually the "House of Israel") to Egypt.  While in Egypt the House of Israel grew to become a great nation.  If Joseph hadn’t gone thru all his trials they would have remained where they were, probably starved or been decimated by the 7 year famine and never became a great nation. 

It amazes me that all this was necessary just to accomplish this.

Same thing with the birth of Jesus.  To have everyone go and register at their birthplace just so Joseph and Mary would go 70 miles and have the birth in the right city.

Wouldn’t it have been easier just to have "inspired" Jacob to move, over given him a vision?  And how about a little inspiration to Joseph or Mary to head on down to Bethlehem…what’s wrong with that?

I really don’t know God’s reasons…obviously, but I do know that I’ve learned something by these and other similar examples.  God will go to whatever lengths it requires to accomplish His purposes.  If He will do that for others then how much does He love me and what will He do for me to accomplish His purposes for me?


  1. Don,

    Believing in an open future and improvisation (by us with God directing) while here on earth makes most of these questions pretty easy to deal with I think. God wanted to keep some basic promises to Abraham and his posterity and the stories we have are just how things works out as the players freely improvised their parts. I think it is a mistake to read these stories and assume the actions of all participants were exactly pre-scripted by God.

    I would also say that the end result of Joseph’s personal story was that Joseph and God had an wonderfully close personal relationship. I think that is the goal God has for all of us (and why he doesn’t prevent all negative things from happening to us so we will turn to embrace him.)

    Comment by Geoff J — March 29, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  2. I’ve recently become fond of what Paul describes as the “foolishness of God.” God makes His plan work in such outrageous (to us) ways that only someone who has great faith will beleive it to be true and/or from God.

    Comment by Bret — March 29, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  3. Thank you for this inspiring post. This whole thing is God’s work and glory.

    Comment by Eric — March 29, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

  4. We need to be careful that we don’t project too much on God. In the actual account of Joseph’s story in Genesis, God reveals himself only occassionally.

    I suppose one can blame God for allowing hate, jealousy, and promiscuity but ultimately human beings ought to take responsibility for their behavior. The fact that everything turns out for the best nonetheless might be an indication of divine grace.

    Comment by Hellmut Lotz — March 30, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  5. Maybe the widespread travel incurred by the Roman registration requirement served to cover Mary and Joseph’s tracks so Herod couldn’t find them as easily. Maybe it put more people in Bethlehem that night to fill the inn, setting the scene for a “humble birth”. Maybe it meant there were more witnesses available for the birth and the visit of the Magi and the angels.

    Maybe Joseph needed to learn a few lessons about himself and humility that wouldn’t have happened if Jacob had simply moved to Egypt. Maybe the Egyptians would have turned them away if Joseph hadn’t been in a position of authority to sponsor them.

    Maybe the reason history actually went the way it happened is because more people were involved than just the principal actors, and simply giving them all a vision wouldn’t guarantee they’d do what was needed. So the Lord set up the circumstances to lead them that way instead of having to tell them to do it.

    Comment by Space Chick — March 30, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  6. I’ve always figured that God had to go to such great lengths to accomplish his plan becuase we aren’t very good at listening to him.

    Imagine Joesph and Mary getting an inspiration to move to Bethlehem. Mary tells her sister Elizabeth that they are thinking of moving and Elizabeth tells her that she’s crazy to think about moving while pregnant.

    This occurs several times, until finally God takes matters into his own hands and creates a massive national registration to be sure that Mary and Joesph end up in Bethlehem.

    Comment by laura w — March 30, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

  7. Laura,
    I like it.

    Comment by Rusty — March 30, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

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