Tuesday, June 14, 2016

God's authority and wisdom

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 American Standard Version). God’s creating of the universe speaks to His authority over His creation. Here in America in particular we are fond of the message of freedom. It is the cornerstone of why we separated from Great Britain and the chorus of the song of our society. Indeed, God Himself gave every human being on Earth free will whether human governments recognize it or not. We are free to accept His rule or to reject it, but it does not change the fact that He does indeed rule and will judge every individual that has lived or will live by His perfect wisdom and unchanging standard. Our lives are a lot better when we recognize our finite limitations and bow the knee to His glorious standard. When we don’t, we set ourselves up for failure and trouble.

The same wisdom God offers to govern our lives is the same wisdom God possessed at the creation. “The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old. I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed. When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water” (Proverbs 8:22-24 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition). God’s Wisdom can be seen even in our fallen universe just by the fine tuned functionality of the universe and everything in it from the complexity of the solar systems of outer space to that of one tiny cell. God is truly all-wise and all-powerful.

Sometimes God’s Wisdom does not make sense to us, but that makes Him no less wise. A question I have not struggled with personally, but that a lot of people have is why God allows evil to exist in the world. I don’t really struggle with the question because, while I can’t see the big picture, I understand the concept of the big picture well enough to know that God can see the reason for everything He allows people’s free will choices to create. We might not always like the reasons and a lot of times they might make no sense at all, especially while they are happening. Yet we are assured that “The Lord has a reason for everything he does and he lets evil people live only to be punished” (Proverbs 16:4 Contemporary English Version). Unfortunately, we have not seen the worst of how bad things can get on the earth. The Bible prophesies that the world will get worse before it gets better. Speaking of the final seven years before the Glorious Appearing of Christ to set up His Kingdom on Earth Jesus said in Mark 13:19 CEV, “This will be the worst time of suffering since God created the world.” He did offer a glimmer of hope though when He finished that sentence by saying, “Nothing this terrible will ever happen again.”

For the genuine born again follower of Christ, we know the toughest days ever are ahead, but we can also take comfort in the fact that they will be followed by the best days since the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. So let us not be fearful or sad, but joyful and hopeful, for we know who wins in the end. Our Lord has existed since before the beginning. “‘Before anything else existed, there was Christ,’ with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make” (John 1:1-3 The Living Bible).

Jesus  is eternal and has an eternal perspective. We can trust His unfailing words about what seems to us to be an uncertain future because He is eternal. “And again to the Son, ‘You, Master, started it all, laid earth’s foundations, then crafted the stars in the sky” (Hebrews 1:10 The Message). The apostles and over 500 people saw Jesus alive after His resurrection at different times before He ascended into Heaven. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have touched, concerning the Word of life…” (1 John 1:1 Modern English Version). For believers, let us not get wrapped up in the temporary worries and concerns of this age, but let us look forward to the day when we can say the same thing...that we have heard Him, seen Him, looked upon Him, and touched Him with our hands. He is real and He is alive!

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