I love accounting and reconciling numbers so that everything matches up perfectly no matter how you look at it. And once every number is accurate with regard to time, payee, designation – whatever you’re accounting for – you can get all kinds of useful data, and you know it’s reliable. “How much did we spend on eating out compared to last month?” “Does Dad still owe us for buying Mom’s gift?” “When was the last time you got a haircut!?” All of these questions and more can be answered.
The reality right now is that I’m far from reaching this precision in my personal and small business finances. I’m mired in statements and receipts making sure everything lines up to prepare to do 2014 taxes (I’m notoriously behind). To any observer, it looks like I am avoiding accounting, but I really love it. If I weren’t doing other things dearer to my heart that only I can do, I think with another life I’d enjoy a quiet accounting profession. Balancing numbers is marvelous.
It boggles my mind to think that all of reality is accounted and balanced. God has every piece perfectly fitted and balanced from beginning to end. When all is said and done (how will it ever be done?), every action, thought, and event is perfectly fitted so that no pieces lie separately. Everything (all the countless number of things – every ant that has ever lived, every wave on every shore that has moved every grain of sand) affects everything else in ways that boggle the mind, but clearly show intentionality and intelligence. God can time national events to specific hours without “cheating” (just making it so), but by influencing minuscule occurrences in low, unseen places. It’s astounding the amount of data He processes.
I pay attention to technology and am astounded by the sheer volume of data that Google is managing and expanding to manage. But it pales in comparison to everything in God’s balanced records (which include all of Google’s, plus septillion times more).
And God keeps all this data balanced effortlessly. It does not strain Him.
“God does not play dice” is a famous Einstein quote in reference to a debate in physics about the objective randomness of the particles that make up the physical universe. That’s an interesting discussion in an area where new discoveries are continuing to be made. I am entirely comfortable with God playing dice or not, because I know He is an observer outside the bounds of the game. That is how He formed this world (as opposed to pantheism, which is increasingly adopted by our culture, which says that God is in everything).
Here’s what the Bible has to say on the subject:
“The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the LORD.” – Proverbs 16:33
Meanwhile, I’m just geeking out about how awesome God’s abilities are to keep all this data straight while I’m processing my messy desk of financial papers…