Can We Rationalize Godís Ways?
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Can We Rationalize Godís Ways?
By Dan Blankenship
© 2007 Dan Blankenship
ďHe called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: ĎI tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Ē Matthew 18:2-3 (NIV).
Jesus went on to tell his disciples to humble themselves like the child in front of them. These men Jesus was talking to were under his tutelage, yet he wanted to make it clear how necessary it was to remain meek while bringing Godís message to a lost world. Jesus did not tell his disciples to celebrate their amazing blessing Ė serving alongside the Lordís Son. He wanted them to remain humble while doing His Fatherís work.
As representatives of Godís spiritual army, we must never believe that we have mastered all that can be known about the God we serve. We can learn about His plan for us; we can research the history of His character; and we can study the prophecy He has embedded in His Holy Word, but we can never truly understand all of Godís ways and thoughts (see Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV). Our role is to serve Him and let his perfect love grow inside our hearts and minds.
I have never fully understood why the Old Testament contains so much tragedy, death, and pain, but I am sure God had his reasons and justifications for all that has come before the days I now see. He created free will, sacrifice, justice, and forgiveness, and He has altered the course of history where He has seen fit. His reasons are not for me to judge or even understand. I am just grateful that He has given His children the gift of salvation. As Jesus asked me to be, I am humbled when I read His Word, humbled when I listen to His workers, and humbled when I pray.
The more we work to rationalize Godís ways, the more we reject His majesty the more we work to make Him like us instead of us like Him. We cannot fit God into the box we want him to be in. We can work to see him the way a child sees the universe. We can stand in awe of Him. Yeah, thatís just what we should do!
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This is very good, especially the last paragraph.
It took me an awefully long time to understand how one can be so at awe of God and yet, partake always of the simplicity of the things of Christ. What IS "simple" about Him? Everything... and nothing. We simply cannot rationalize God's ways, but we can most certainly appreciate His simplicity and join Him in it. Always in awe of God, I found this article to be powerful.