Lately, I have seen a number of people trying to explain away things that have happened they don’t understand the reason for. I have heard several use excuses if this or that had not happened maybe this one or that one may never have come to God. Are we “seers” now or just “guessers”?
When did God ask me to explain the problems of this world…or you either for that matter! There is one place I recall where men came together at another friends house. This friend had lost everything near and dear to his heart! He was a wonderful man, dearly loved of the Lord and blameless in His sight! When the friends came to visit they began to try to “explain” all the trouble. They began to give different scenarios. They began to talk about how great God was and how God would not have done these things to this man had he not brought it on himself somehow.
This man was Job. Job had done nothing wrong and GOD did not do any of those things to Job…satan did! Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus came to give life and life to the full! If you recall, as Job began to say things like he wished he had never been born, he could not understand why it all was happening, his life was sinless, and then he began to try to FIGURE IT OUT! He began to question God! Suddenly, God sharply rebukes Job. He tells him as follows:
The Lord Speaks
38 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:
2 Who is this who obscures My counsel with ignorant words? 3 Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me. 4 Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me, if you have[a] understanding. 5 Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket,[b] 10 when I determined its boundaries[c] and put its bars and doors in place, 11 when I declared: “You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here”?
12 Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, 13 so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it? 14 The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment. 15 Light[d] is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised in violence is broken.
16 Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 Where is the road to the home of light? Do you know where darkness lives, 20 so you can lead it back to its border? Are you familiar with the paths to its home? 21 Don’t you know? You were already born; you have lived so long![e] 22 Have you entered the place where the snow is stored? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail, 23 which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of warfare and battle? 24 What road leads to the place where light is dispersed?[f] Where is the source of the east wind that spreads across the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning, 26 to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life,[g] 27 to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout? 28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew? 29 Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven 30 when water becomes as hard as stone,[h] and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?
31 Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion? 32 Can you bring out the constellations[i] in their season and lead the Bear[j] and her cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose its[k] authority on earth? 34 Can you command[l] the clouds so that a flood of water covers you? 35 Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Do they report to you: “Here we are”?
36 Who put wisdom in the heart[m] or gave the mind understanding? 37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven 38 when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods of dirt stick together?
39 Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions 40 when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait within their lairs? 41 Who provides the raven’s food when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?
I love where God says to Job to answer Him like a man and when He asks the questions! But just before He says that He calls all of Jobs words and reasonings “ignorant words”. He wasn’t telling Job he was stupid, but he was telling him he lacked knowledge of what he was talking about and should not be questioning and answering what he knew nothing of!
The same goes for us. We don’t have all the answers, but God does. We don’t know the reason why and we probably never will on many situations! Even when you think you have it all figured out, unless God told you, and you know the difference in your reasoning and His voice, and if you don’t you have not developed a relationship with Him for He says His sheep KNOW HIS VOICE, then all we have done is speculated and reasoned and God calls that foolishness!
I will say until the day I die, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus! And, God forbid, but IF I DIE that does NOT make God’s Word untrue!! Show me your silly and vain philosophies in the Bible and I will agree with you and change my stance! You show me where you have to die for me to be saved from hell! Your blood isn’t that pure! You show me where you have to suffer sickness and poverty for me to believe Jesus is the only way to heaven! No place in the Word does it say by YOUR suffering I or anyone else will be saved! BUT, it does say by Jesus’ blood and His blood alone plus NOTHING ELSE lives are redeemed from the curse and if we believe on Him and His sacrifice we can and will go to heaven!
When we are “thinking” and “figuring it all out” we better be sure we stay lined up with God’s Word whether we can explain it or not! God called for repentance when Job did this and also told him to make sacrifices for his so-called friends or he was going to kill them all! God is perfect! His Word speaks of His goodness and perfection and love. He does not need my vain and silly reasoning to excuse circumstances of which I have no idea of! Stay with the Word, dear reader. Stay in faith! Leave the rest to God!!