Will we ever get it through our heads that God does not think like we think?
God is not a human being: He is a Spirit. He did indeed come down to Earth and robe himself in human flesh, but He was still a Spirit.
Most of us cannot digest that God does what He pleases. He doesn’t ask or need our permission; the scripture tells us so.
The idea that God created everything, including evil and had a purpose in doing so, is still tough for some of us because we don’t understand it.
I think we have actually hidden some scriptures from ourselves or ignored them, because they did not fit our finite understanding.
The very idea that God created Lucifer and had no idea that the music maker would corrupt himself and a third of the other angels, is absolutely absurd. Such thinking only proves how mortal we really are.
To those of us who think we know just how things are supposed to go, perhaps we have forgotten that He clearly said “My ways are past finding out!”
No matter how long we have been on this Earth or in The Church for that matter, what we do know is very little. Even with all the wisdom and Gifts we may have attained, at best we see through a glass darkly.
Without sounding like a Bible-thumper, please reread 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.
Glory Only in The LORD
“26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Opposite to most of our opinions, He tells us the kind of people He is going to use, and why.
Misfits and those of low esteem?
Our self-righteousness hinders us from accepting this. In searching the scriptures of the Prophets, we even find that God said He would have a people that “are not called by His name.”
No one ever told me that scripture was in the Book, I found it myself while searching and asking Him to teach me.
God spoke through one prophet and said that “people would find Him that were not even looking for Him!”
Can you imagine? An absolute Harlot saved the two spies in Jericho and helped influence the actual outcome of them entering the Promised Land.
Would it not have been something if they had said, “No, because of who and what you are, we’re not going to let you save our lives by hiding us on your roof and letting us down the wall by some red cord.”
We can’t handle this. We never could. I found at least two places where an evil spirit was sent “from God” to torment someone.
For Ahab, “I will go down and be a ‘lying spirit’ in the mouth of their prophets!” I’m still working on that one….
And a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet Paul to keep him from getting the big head about all the things the Spirit had taught him.
We didn’t touch that one much either, but it is absolute Bible. I’m afraid it only proves that some of us are those who “speak great swelling words” with our lips but our hearts are truly far away from the knowledge of God and how He has and will operate in the future, even today.
God turned from his own chosen people, because they would not love Him the way he wanted to be loved and they would not love one another as they should. That’s why we were adopted.
The New Testament warned us. We were told not to get our noses in the air, I think it said heady and high-minded, that God would turn from us also.
On a lighter note, God once spoke through a donkey and sometimes, He still does. Why? For one, because he’s God and does what he wants and the other is that He’s grown tired of waiting for us.
Most of us think the work will not get done unless we do it. Actually, The Holy Ghost has been working all along, with or without us and with people we do not approve of because, if He waited until we got ready or became willing to pay the price, the work would likely never be fully accomplished.
I believe we are borderline blaspheming when we say what God can and cannot do. We twist the Word too often to make it say what we want it to say and disregard all others. We are foolish and unlearned to do that.
The unwanted, the outcasts, the discarded, those who failed, those who are lost, THESE God will also use in the days ahead.
Because we said He wouldn’t, because they don’t line up to our understanding, because we think we know so much, because we failed to use and exercise the things He gave us to do the work, because we have been satisfied with only a small bit of what God intended for us to have.
And because His Word says that “those who have been forgiven much, LOVE much.”
We may never accept that many of those who do not fit our description or understanding could possibly love God with all of their heart and so desperately desire to be used of God in this hour.
Being convinced that we are the only ones who are right and everyone else is wrong is not only self-righteous but so unlike the Christ we say we know.
Could it be that even today, Jesus hangs out with the wrong people and that we judge this in the same way the church did in His day?
First published: January 10, 2010.
~ Robert Blackburn