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January 25, 2019

God created man with the ability to think and reason. And that seems to get us into trouble often, doesn’t it?

We can solve problems and create them. We can design devices to make life easier and to take klife more easily. We can connect the dots to understand processes and throw a wrench into the system because we don’t get our way.

It’s great that God gave us this ability, not just to make our lives more bearable, but to be able to understand who God is. We can observe creation and see a creator. We can study history and see His story unfold. We can think about eternity and long for it.

Even then we can get ourselves into trouble. We think that because we can think about God that we know all there is to know about him.

Consider Job. He and his friends attempted to figure out why all the calamities had happened to this godly man. Chapter after chapter they whine and opine.

Then God steps in. Does He answer Job’s question? No. He talks about Himself. He reveals His power over creation. He talks about His supremacy over Job. But He doesn’t answer the burning question.

What’s Job’s response?

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“I know that you can do all things,
    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
    but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
    and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1-6).

Even when we think we have God figured out, when we think that we understand His plan, we don’t. How do you propose to understand the mind of God who knows all things at the same time? He’s never learned anything. Never changed His mind. Never re-vamped a plan.

Our answer needs to be like Job’s: “I know that you are in control. I have no reason to question. All I need is to know You.”

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