Often time, we try to explain who God is to people. We try often, to explain his doings to people, forgetting the fact that his ways are not our ways. As the heaven is higher than the earth , so his ways is higher than ours.
We often time, try to defend him before people, giving them reasons why their prayers are not answered. Portraying to them as if we could decipher and accurately predict his ways. Instead of acknowledging our inadequacy in accurately showing people what He’s up to.
He doesn’t think like us. His doings cannot be adequately predicted. We understand and know in parts. He is diversity in simplicity. We have limited him (God) to the Bible. We think we could discover in the Bible apart from God himself. We try hard in our human nature to find him and his doings in the Bible neglecting His person in the Holy Spirit. No wonder our increase in knowledge has puff us up. Knowledge apart from God whether biblical, academical or whatever, only leads to PRIDE.
Why can’t we just accept to be the Man we are, in need of God. We should focus more on the “tour-guide” (the Holy Spirit) who can make the “map” (the Bible) more meaningful to us. Imagine Jesus telling the teachers in his days (Pharisees and Sadducees) that: “ye err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matt 22:29).
How possible is that? What have they been teaching? “Everything that Bible says comes from God’s Spirit” (2 Tim 3:16 Easy English). Without fellowship with God’s Spirit, the best we could do with the scripture is ERR.
Why do we claim we know, when in the real sense, we do not know. Why can’t we just tell people, ‘I don’t have answer to that, but you can trust him on it.’ Why do we always paint him as if he works every time to please us? If the latter is true, why does he promise us the Comforter, if there’s no need for comfort. Why does he repeatedly commands us “not to fear”, if there’s nothing to fear. Why does he ask us “not to worry”, if we can have everything figure out on our own. Why does he keep emphasizing the need to trust him, if we can trust our reasoning and logics.
I suggest we should be sincere enough to tell ourselves and people that; God’s ways is past our intellectual understanding. And also encourage them to trust him, rather than convince them into believing he’s a magician.
We should drop our ego of being ‘highly spiritual’ and like children portrays his kingdom to them. No wonder Jesus himself said, “.. unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3).
Neither Peter nor the disciples on the ship initially claim to be sure it was their Lord they saw walking on the sea. All Peter did, was trust! (Matt 14:27-33).
Even Abraham, the father of faith. He did not know how, but he trusted (believed) him, and it was counted to him for righteousness (Rom 4:1-3).
Most the biblical heroes and heroine of faith, did not try to reason it out. They didn’t see God as God who will always please them first, but they all have one thing in common, and that is TRUST in God. They believed God. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28).
John H. Sammis (Trust and Obey)
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.