The Dangers of “God used someone’s ‘drive'”
“On the Rock”, Martel had posited that God used the “drive” of different Biblical characters to accomplish His goals. While it’s true that God, as the author and perfecter of creation, can use anything to accomplish His ends, the dangers of assuming that it’s a human’s trait that God used to bring victory or accomplish His goal is a dangerous one.
From the thread:
… God, as the author of all creation, is the one who made people “male” and “female”, so for Him to work through each person according to their gender is certainly within His ability.
God used Abraham’s basic male instinctual drive to have lots of offspring as his initial inspiration to follow Him.
I beg to differ – Abraham and Sarah were barren (ie childless), and the child Isaac was a result of God’s personal intervention at a time of His choosing. (Gen 18:9ff)
He used Joshua’s conquering instinct.
Be careful of giving glory to men that rightly belongs to God – the victories that Israel won against their enemies was as a result of God fighting for them, not any “instinct” on any of their part.
And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” Ex 14:25
“Behold, I [God] send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.
“But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. Ex 23:20–22
The LORD your God himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the LORD has spoken. And the LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. And the LORD will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deut 31:3–6
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them , to the people of Israel. Joshua 1:1–2
When God withdrew from Israel because of sin in their midst, it’s wasn’t a pretty picture. (Numbers 14 – the whole chapter and Joshua 7)