Worldliness – Part 18 / God owes me an apology. I think.


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 18

Ever struggled with certain passages of the Bible – or even life experiences
which caused you call into question God’s character? You know, you hear
about certain tragedies and you wonder – where is God in this? Maybe you’ve
mused over the account of Uzzah in 2 Sam. 6, struck down by God for trying to
steady the Ark of the Covenant when it almost tipped. Or wondered why Moses
should be excluded from Canaan for one falter, after serving God so faithfully
for so long? Me too. And to ask the question is not wrong at all. We do want to
understand how God’s justice works. We have our own concepts of fairness and
justice and sometimes they are challenged greatly in the unfolding of God’s
providence. The questioning, the desire to get a grasp of God’s mind on those
things is a worthy pursuit. But when our hearts and minds take on worldly
thought patterns, we move from seeking to understand, to judging God by our
standard. And little betrays a worldly heart more than when we inwardly suspect
or accuse God of wrongdoing; of not having a good handle on what’s best, or
right, or most just. Ever been there? I have. So has Israel. So we see in vs. 34
– “They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them.” They had
a better idea. In other words, as the Israelites were entering the Promised Land,
they thought God’s command to wipe out the inhabitants was too harsh. Perhaps
they were just plain rebellious, but I doubt that. It would take a strong issue to
justify defying God when you are getting your inheritance. More than likely, they
thought they had a higher standard of mercy. This was too extreme. It didn’t
seem “fair”, just, equitable. Of course, they had clean forgotten that God had in
fact been waiting hundreds of years for the iniquity of the inhabitants to reach
the point where He would use Israel’s conquest as judgment (see: Gen. 15.16).
But the example is a revealing one for us. When we begin to judge God’s
commands, providences, decisions as less wise, or fair or just – as a poorer
choice than our own, for any reason – we’ve just become God. The result?
Verse 35 holds theirs: “but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as
they did.” They became just like the world. Worldly. So do we.

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3 thoughts on “Worldliness – Part 18 / God owes me an apology. I think.

  1. ….I know it may be off track, but do you see this as a problem?

    Passage 1 Corinthians 14:34:
    “women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.”

    I honestly struggle with this….and so frequently wonder.

  2. hello?
    If you are having trouble pray! talk to the guy who made these rules. God knows your situation and only He can help you! Just pray and He will unmask things to you and help you!

  3. I’m sorry, but you appear to have missed the point of the piece. Read it again. I was in fact saying that to cast doubt upon God in such circumstances is worldly. But may I also say that your response is a bit simplistic. Not that we do not take such matters to Him, we do. But in that often our own thoughts are so tangled and indecipherable (our hearts are desperately wicked – who can know them?) that sometimes laboring through the process of rethinking why we do think the way we do can be extremely important.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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