Worldliness Part 12 – What’s love got to do with it?


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 12

Every corporation I’ve ever heard of has a complaint department. Why?
Because people complain. A lot. When the founding fathers wrote regarding the
“right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, it is pretty certain they never
assumed that many would begin to believe that happiness itself is a right. Yet
many do. Even Christians. The idea that God Himself must be committed to
our personal happiness under all possible circumstances permeates American
Christianity. It is almost as though the book of James doesn’t even exist.
Or other large portions of Scripture for that fact. Of course this is nothing new.
As Ps. 106:25 clearly displays, this other trait of worldly thinking had infected
the hearts and minds of God’s people in the wilderness – murmuring: “They
murmured in their tents.” Now we must be clear here, for God is more than
willing to hear us and soothe us in our trials and tribulations. There is nothing
wrong in the least in making known our heartaches, disappointments, sorrows,
griefs, frustrations etc. In fact Scripture calls us to bring everything to Him:
“humble yourselves” says Peter (1 Pet. 5:5-7) “under the mighty hand of God so
that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.” No, murmuring takes on quite a different quality. It
fails to recognize God’s goodness any more. It suspects Him of evil doing. Of
perverting justice, or grace. Of acting capriciously, as though He has no regard
for His dear children, but takes some perverse delight in letting us suffer without
reason. It fails to account for His unchangeable goodness, His everlasting love,
and His ontological inability to be anything but holy and good. James warns us in
chapter one of his epistle, that we will fail to gain the wisdom God delights to
supply in making our trials a value to us, if we secretly accuse Him. He calls it
being “double-minded.” God is my God, but I think two ways about Him. As He
has revealed Himself, and as I accuse when I am discomforted. Worldliness
blames God for ill. It acts like He owes us some sort of an apology for our fall in
Adam, and the horror which ensued. And we usually practice it in our “tents” –
behind closed doors.

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