I have a 7-year old daughter. For a while she has been in a stage of life where it seems her natural tendency is to argue. (I know, I know. It’s only going to get worse, right!?) We can be talking about anything and her first instinct seems to be… “Yeah, but!” Now, I will admit up front that there are some things my young daughter knows that I’m unaware of. For example, there are Bratz dolls. I don’t have a clue what their individual names are, the music they sing, or why in the world one would even have the desire to own a Bratz doll. There’s Phineas & Ferb. About all I know is they’re 2 genius kids and for some reason one wears a leaf on his head. There was even one day when she was in kindergarten that she brought home a math problem for me to help her with… yup, it stumped me for a while before figuring that one out.
BUT, there is something to be said about living and learning through life. I wonder if sometimes God doesn’t look down upon us, somewhat like I look at my 7-year old, in total confusion as to why we would argue with Him and try to put Him in a box. As if our knowledge can even begin to compare with his. We do that, don’t we!? There are a ton of folks throughout this world who think they have God all figured out. We have all the answers. Like it’s even possible to fathom the ways of God!
I wrote a very controversial blog last week about gay marriage. (Actually, it wasn’t about gay marriage. But that’s all some folks got out of it.) I knew the second I loaded it up that most likely there would be folks who agreed with me and then those who did not. I read every comment and was challenged and grew from several. Then there were those who were so stuck in their ways that they never got the point. They were so determined to prove their point that they never heard mine. I also knew there would be folks who would get so stuck on the title that they would miss the point as well. I’m afraid we treat God and much of life the same way. We get stuck on the title rather than really diving in to try and get the point. We have it all figured out! Or… do we?
Romans 9:20 — But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘why did you make me like this?’”
Job 38:2-4 — Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
Matt Chandler writes in his latest book entitled Explicit Gospel… “God’s sovereign knowing is so beyond our control and knowledge that acting like we’re his GPS or like he’s our personal valet is not just laughable but sinful. So, in other words…
God is God and I am not!
There are a lot of folks who will say with their mouths that they get that… but then turn right around and demand that their interpretation of scripture be the ONLY interpretation. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not about to say there are multiple ways to the Father. Jesus is the only way. And I do not teach that homosexuality is acceptable according to God’s word. But, I’m afraid in many areas, most of humanity has elevated their intelligence above the Father’s. The result… modern-day pharisees stuck in the box!
As followers of Christ, may we never claim to have God figured out. May we always remain humble and fearful in His sight, always striving to understand Him more each and every day.
Be Blessed! Pastor Scott