Saturday, May 4, 2013

God's judgements cannot be found

Sometimes God's Word is contradicted by what we see around us. This contradiction can be experienced by people around us and they ask us why things happen the way they did and we can't provide the answer. These questions can be really tough to deal with. We may also experience circumstances in our own lives whereby it seems God's Word has failed us. And we can't explain why things happen the way they do. 

I wrote in an earlier post that my dad died suddenly from heart attack and I did not even get to see him one last time. I prayed and did all the "christian" things but yet the outcome seemed dismal. Events like this challenge the idea of God taught in the bible. They raise doubts in our mind that God is not good enough, and did not do enough to help us, or the way He does certain things isn't right. The incidences you go through may be different from mine, but I think we all have our fair share of such thoughts. This type of thoughts could create misgivings in our mind about God. If left unchecked, we will begin to doubt God. Begin to doubt His Goodness in our lives. The next time when we are faced with a challenge, we will become unsure if He will help us. By then, our faith has already weakened. We begin to think that He isn't that good to us anymore. Once He was good to us all the time. But perhaps not anymore. 

Then as a way out, some of us may begin to attempt to explain the Word based on what we see. A good example would be healing. I believe the Word clearly says that we are healed by Jesus. All of us. Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. He did not lay conditions on anyone. And Jesus said whoever has seen Him has seen the Father (John 14:9) and that He only does what the God is doing (John 5:19). But we are challenged to believe this truth when we see Christians we know believing for healing and yet some of them continue to be sick. And some died. So many Christians begin to explain, saying that God heals some but does not heal some. That's not biblical, and isn't supported in the New Testament. This is a good example of Christians altering doctrine in order to explain what they see around them. 

When events happen that challenge our doctrine, and if we shouldn't doubt God and should avoid changing His doctrine to explain outward circumstances, then what should we do? There is an example in the bible and we can learn from Jesus' answer.

In John chapter 9, Jesus' disciples asked Jesus why is a man born blind. That's tough to answer as it seems to contradict the goodness of God. In the scriptures, Jesus told them it is so, in order that the work of God might be revealed in him. Jesus went on to heal the blind man by sending him to a pool called "Sent". And the blind man came back seeing. Jesus is showing us how to get the godly answer to something that we don't understand. 
  1. First, continue to trust that God wants to do something good even in that situation. 
  2. And secondly, direct the afflicted people to Jesus, and let God take care of it.
  3. Jesus never explained why the man is born blind. Thus, neither need we feel obliged to provide explanations to things we ourselves don't have the answer to. This will prevent us from altering God's doctrine to suit our lack of understanding.
Let us look at another verse.
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past tracing out! (Romans 11:33, WEB)
The context of the verse above is about how God saves the church and all the Jews by His mercy. 

Regarding the Lord's "judgements" in the verse, Barnes' Notes on the Bible says that:
His judgments - This word in this place evidently means his arrangement, his plan, or proceeding. It sometimes refers to laws; at other times to the decision or determination of God; at others to the inflictions of his justice. In this last sense it is now commonly used. But in the case before us, it means his arrangements for conferring the gospel on people compare Psalm 36:7," His judgments are a great deep."
HELPS Word-studies has this to say about the word "unsearchable":
properly, impossible to fully investigate, no matter how great the effort (inquiry); unsearchable (inscrutable); impossible to discover; elusive, going beyond all human ability to even locate.
If you look at Romans 11:33 now with these information, you will realize the way the Lord is good to His people to save them is unmatched by anyone. Completely unchallenged. His kind thoughts cannot be found in us, and thus are completely incomprehensible to our limited frame. And the pathways that He takes we can never follow. We can never be as good as Him. We can never truly understand how good He is to us. Try your best to think of how good you want God to be to you, and He will still exceed it. Isn't a God like Him worth believing even when we don't understand sometime?

No wonder Ephesians 3:19-20 says this:
and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (WEB)
His Goodness to us is beyond our imagination. Praise His Holy name!


After thoughts: In relation to the abovementioned verse,  I have been looking at Ephesians 3:16-19 for many days now. And I find the verses very difficult to understand. And I think there is something there. Not only does it deal with a mystery revealed, Paul shared something that must have been key to the success of his work. If you are reading them too, please send to me your thoughts if you have any. Thank you and shalom.

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