It seems that we are experiencing more and more natural catastrophes in our land or as better known– “acts of God”. When I researched these three words, “acts of God” the definition was –a legal term for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods
or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible. My heart breaks for all those whose lives have been forever altered from earthquakes and tornadoes or whatever their storm in life may be at this time.
Each time something like this happens I am immediately reminded of how Job reacted to his storm versus how his counselors assumed to know “the whys” of his storm. (Job) Those who counseled Job were operating under a spiritual arrogance which caused them to think they knew “why” God was allowing Job to suffer.–He must have sinned thought they. Probably one of the best things I’ve ever had spoken to me by another Christian was, “Don’t speak for God! out of what may be your own reasonong.” This was a moment of revelation to me. Who was I to assume I could tell myself or anyone else “the why” of the storm? But by humbling myself before the Lord and acknowledging His sovereignty no matter how hard to understand, I could console myself or others that His mercies are new every morning. As we minister to those who have lost their family members and all their worldly possessions and possibly their health let us hope and pray that they will see the cross of Jesus Christ before them in the aid they receive and it will come out of the humbleness of those serving the one true God, Jehovah Jireh, the provider. We are His hands and His feet to those too weary and broken to lift their hands or step forward. Yes, the sovereignty of God is one of those mysteries we can’t understand and in the verse below we are reminded of it.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,and your ways are not My ways.”This is the Lord’s declaration.9“For as heaven is higher than earth,so My ways are higher than your ways,and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Lord, give us “your” words to speak in humility to those in need– those who are brokenhearted. Help us not to get stuck on the why but enable us to walk with total and true compassion. May we glorify you in word and deed and as ambassadors of your Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen
like you I have seen asking why is not the problem but staying at asking why and not moving to accepting God’s truthful sovereignty and basic Biblical truths is the problem that keeps individuals and society in general from greater healing, to be able to victoriously move forward.
Loved the quote, “Don’t speak for God! Out of what may be your own reasoning.” Wow! What a revelation for me too!
I remember a song by Wayne Watson that basically said that God doesn’t need us to defend Him–He can defend Himself, and my job is to truth His heart, His faithfulness, His grace, and His never-ending love for us.
Thanks for taking the time to read Judi & Lindy.