"Hey, many are looking at all of the events in our world and are seeing "weeping and gnashing of teeth." I hear many crying, "The end is coming!" What are we going to do? Which is odd. Why are we so confused? Jesus told us that these things "must" occur. Believers have always believed this, but seeing it happen before our eyes make us realize that it is no longer something we believed, it is really true!
As Paul explained
"It is plain to anyone with eyes see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail. Like a mother in the midst of childbirth" (Romans 8:22).
That's right! All of Creation has been groaning under the weight of our sin, and it can no longer sustain the burden. But not to worry! Many times our Creator has intervened and calmed the winds around us!
But not always! Many times we have suffered sudden and unexplained crises! Times when He didn't "quiet" the storm, and many cried out, "Why?"
How do we respond when He doesn't tell us "Why"? Do we wonder if God is who we think He is? Or do we begin to believe that we have been misled all these years, and He doesn't love us, after all? Or perhaps, He isn't as big as we think He is and can't help us? Oh, don't throw stones at me, it is perfectly natural to ask these kinds of things when disasters strike.
Although, it could be that He has spoken, but, we didn't want to hear what He was saying! We can be like that, at times! That is why I assure you that our Father will never answer questions that we ask pridefully. For instance, when Job accused Yahweh of mistreating him, the Lord quickly responded by saying:
"Who do you think you are? You don't know anything about it? Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you are talking about? Pull yourself together, Job!" (Job 38:2)
Ouch! Instead of explaining himself, Yahweh proved how fallen, and finite Job really was. And as you would expect, Job repented (see Job 42:1–6). In his book, "God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics," C. S. Lewis wrote:
"The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man, the roles are quite reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock [the witness stand]. He is quite a kindly judge; if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty, and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God's acquittal. But the important thing is that man is on the bench and God is in the dock."
What I am saying is that our Father will never honor our prideful questions. If we are going to demand an answer from Him, we will be waiting for a very l-o-n-g time!
Another thing to consider is that, as one brother explained it: God cannot explain what we cannot understand! Think about that. How is a doctor going to describe an operation to a child? Many times our Father is willing to explain why we are suffering, but there is no way we could understand what he means.
Now, when I throw out something like that, many will quickly interject Isaiah 55:8:
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways,” declares Yahweh
Yeah, yeah. I understand, but if you are going to use that, use the whole passage. It begins with "But . . ." Now, anytime you read a "but," you need to understand that the person has not finished their comment. So, our Lord just said, "My ways and thoughts are way beyond anything you can imagine . . . but . . ." See, He wasn't finished:
“But just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
I know, I know. You just told me that. Oh! You were not finished:
“Rain and snow come down from the sky. They do not go back again until they water the earth. They make it sprout and grow so that it produces seed for farmers and food for people to eat.
Oh! I understand that! "Rain and snow fall from the sky, and it nourishes the ground." Sure, that makes sense.
My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”
Bazinga! He isn't hiding anything from us! His Word will nourish and strengthen us the same way the rain feeds the ground! However, if we close our hearts to what he is telling us; if our hearts have become hardened to His Word, we will wander in confusion and end up wringing our hands out of fear!
Anytime we harden our heart it will dull our ability to understand what He is doing in our midst. Jesus used powerful imagery to illustrate the importance of turning away from our sin. He alone provides our salvation.
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