Bruce Baber (6 Feb 2011)
"DID YOU SEE GOD'S HAND MOVING TODAY?"
Daily, I check various news sites looking for
some new development that might tie in with Bible prophecies.
Perhaps you do the same. While there have been recent
developments that were worth noting, I have to confess that most days I
come away a bit frustrated that there isn't something more tangible
happening that I can recognize.
Today the thought
occurred to me that even if I can't see something developing, that
doesn't mean it's not happening. Usually we only recognize big
events. We only prick up our ears and focus our attention when
there is a 7.0 seismic shift in world events. We seldom pay
attention to God's hand in the small things, because we might not see
how He is moving the chess pieces in ways that will set up the game
changing big moves.
Allow me to illustrate with the number of possible moves in a chess game.
the starting position there are 20 possible moves (2 for each of 8
pawns and 2 for each knight). From there the number of permutations
increases dramatically. Information theorist Claude Shannon estimated
the total number of positions at 10^43, and with there being an average
of 35 moves for each side per position, this makes the game tree in the
order of 10^123.
This is only positions, though. Since
completely different potential move orders can create the same
position, this makes the number of iterations much higher. After 1 (2
ply) move by each side, the number is 400 possible move combinations
(20 * 20 = 400). After just 4 moves(8 ply), the number is over 197,000.
At 10 moves (20 ply) it grows to 8.350e+28. The number of distinct
games, therefore, is unbounded and grows exponentially assuming no
threefold repetition and no 50 move rule."
short, there are a staggering number of possible moves in a chess game
with only 32 chessmen. Now imagine a world population of over 6
billion people and all of the millions of angels in heaven.
Imagine how many possible moves there are on earth and in heaven.
Frankly, you can't imagine the total number of possible moves and
neither can I. How many choices will you and I make today that
are very small yet have larger repercussions? How many moves were
played out today that will lead to something large enough for us to
recognize? I'd guess if we answered "millions" it would only be a tiny
fraction of one percent.
God is actively bringing
the game to a close. Yes, I know. "Game" might not be the
best metaphor when we are talking about the lives of people and their
eternal destiny. But, it helps me to make my point. Perhaps
today I didn't see a significant change occurring, but that doesn't
mean that God's hand isn't moving.