Fatalism is a false concept. It is fostered through theology, not a relationship with God. We have examples of God changing, or being willing to change His intent, through both Jonah’s and Abraham’s interaction with God. God’s purposes are fulfilled through His people. This means we are to participate with Him in the unfolding of His will. This is revolutionary from earthly Christianity’s perspective. Christianity continually separates God from His people. “He is in heaven and we are on earth” the narrative goes. The Lord is put on such a high pedestal that it becomes blasphemy to speak of our oneness with Him. Blasphemy is exactly what the Pharisees accused Jesus of when He claimed God as His father and that He and the Father were one.
The purposes of God exist outside the realm of fatalism. Yes, for the big picture God has a plan that will be fulfilled. How that plan is executed is determined through us. It was God’s plan to take Israel immediately into the Promised Land after their exodus from Egypt. Israel’s refusal to obey and trust God resulted in them wandering in the wilderness for 40 years until the first generation died out.
The Lord has chosen to execute His will through His body. So, there must be those in His body who hear His word and proclaim it accordingly. We don’t fully grasp yet how the power of love, manifested through the intercession and prophetic proclamations of His people, can change everything. It comes down to how much can we love? How deeply can we care? I don’t mean the fuzzy-wuzzy love that passes for the love of God in religion. I mean the agape love that consumes us for the perfect will of God to come forth. Only the love of God expressed in a people can assure His perfect will. Too much of what happens in the way of judgment comes because God cannot find anyone that loves enough to stand before Him and intercede. Religion is vindictive. Ezekiel 22 says,
30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
31 “Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.
What a powerful statement God makes in these verses. Faith, not fatalism, is what brings forth the kingdom. The love of God in a people can bring about His purposes in a perfect way. What about the wicked? Psalm 68 states, “God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” The Hebrew word for dwell is shakan. It can be better translated “remain.” Only the rebellious remain in a parched land. This is not a contradiction to what has already written. God is not willing that any should perish. But He will most certainly save those who are His from the clutches of those that are not. Thus, we have the separation the Scriptures speak so much of.
We are to stand in the gap for the sake of His people. The righteous are not to perish with the wicked. Mal. 3 speaks thus:
17 “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
1 ¶ “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”
2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
3 “You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.
The highest level of God’s will is manifested through His people, not apart from them. This is a great revelation. The ultimate expression of this truth is found in Jesus Christ. The love of God was expressed in Christ dying for us. Jesus spoke that the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. That is exactly what Jesus did. We are to be open for God’s love to fill us. Doing so ensures the Lord’s perfect purposes can be expressed without delay, postponement, or needless heartbreak.