For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at Kingdom living.
This talk is intended to teach us to become more comfortable and therefore, more at peace with how the kingdom of God operates. Many people feel as if they are paddling upstream when it comes to living in the kingdom of God. They struggle with “how” God is going to accomplish His purposes. They struggle with “when” God is going to accomplish His purposes. And, they struggle with another aspect of the kingdom that I want to talk about today: “Why” God chooses to do things a certain way.
We’ve discussed the “how” and the “when”, so now, let’s talk a bit about “why.”
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! Romans 11:33 NLT
In spite of the truth of scriptures like Romans 11:33, we still believe that we could operate better in life if we just knew why God does the things He does.
But, the problem with us understanding the “whys” of God mirrors the problem with us knowing the “hows” of God.
Do you remember what problems occurred when the disciples were told exactly “how” God was going to do something?
- The disciples told Jesus that He didn’t understand exactly what was going on.
- The disciples had a better remedy for the situation.
- The disciples had a better response to the situation.
Well, these same problems occur if God tells us “why” He is going to do something. If we don’t trust that God understands exactly what is going on, then He cannot be trusted to choose the right remedy and response to the situation.
How many of you have argued with God concerning directions given to us in the Bible or by the Spirit of God?
How many argue with loving your enemies? How many argue against repenting to someone who is unrepentant? How many argue against forgiving an abuser? How many argue against giving the tithe?
I hear many people ask the question, “Why would God…..”
To believe that we could understand the answer to that question presupposes some things:
- We can “see” everything God sees.
When Job asked God why certain things happened to him, God never gave Job the answer. You know how God responded to Job’s question?
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth from the womb? Who put wisdom in the mind and given understanding to the heart? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you look on the proud and humble him? Can you tread down the wicked in their place? If so, then I will confess to you that your own right hand can save you.” Job 38:4
God sees how everything is going to affect everything else, not just now but in the future. God knows the motive for why each and every action is taken. Only someone like this is capable of making an informed decision as to “what” needs to be done.
- We are purer in motive than God is.
How many of you would dare to say that you are purer in heart than God? Often, that is exactly what is rattling around in our brain when we ask God to explain Himself to us. We want to know “why” a decision was made not for education but to debate its legitimacy.
Kingdom ways are higher than our ways in motive and therefore, too pure for us to conceive their operation!
This simply means that God’s ways are so much purer and loving than our ways that we would never conceive the plan that God comes up with in life situations!
Even if we come up with a benevolent plan it is tainted with impure motives – to prove we are a good person, to be seen by other people; you name it!
- We have the power to bring what we conceive to pass.
We often judge things we have no control over! So, here we are judging the death of someone, the election of someone, the promotion of someone, the fairness of a decision when we don’t have the power to change it if we could!
Remember, the question, “Why would God?” is asked about situations we cannot change. Am I right? If we could bring about a different outcome, we would have!
It would be more accurate for us to say, “If I were God.”
If this statement could be transformed from a verbal statement to an object, what would it look like?
It would appear as the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil! You can’t trust God so you better take control!
To flow in the Kingdom, we must obtain “50-20 Vision.”
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. GENESIS 50:19-20
God intends it for good. God, help us to trust Your heart when we cannot see what Your hand is doing!!!!