Thursday, April 15, 2010


Just as faith and obedience to God require His power rightly applied, so does unbelief and disobedience involve the misapplication of His enabling.

"Thus saith God the LORD, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein" (Isaiah 42:5).

Those who rage against God, whether vociferously or quietly, do so with the breath and spirit He provides. The very being of Satan himself is upheld by his Creator, and the devil can do nothing apart from the Lord's allowance. Recall that our enemy required God's permission to attack Job, and that "the messenger of Satan" who buffeted the Apostle Paul's flesh served the Divine purpose of Paul not being "exalted above measure because of the abundance of the revelations" that that had been given to him (Job 1:12; II Corinthians 12:7).

A myriad of mysteries arise upon such consideration, and most importantly, it is vital that we not assign the origin or doing of wickedness to God Himself. "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man." There is no greater doctrinal error than to directly or implicitly place responsibility for evil on the Lord of perfect righteousness, and we do well to avoid any such notion, or any purveyor of this blackness of darkness. "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (James 1:13; Psalm 145:17).

Still, God has anticipated from eternity past the doing of every wicked thing, and the doers use the "life and breath and all things" He provides for the accomplishment of sin. The Apostle Peter noted this strange (to our understanding) union of Divine perfection and human imperfection in the first Christian sermon ever preached. "Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain." What was the cross? Was it the will of God? Or was it wickedness, which by definition is not the will of God? It was both, and we must still our minds' restless yearning to reconcile contrary realities with the heart's assurance that as long as our Lord understands the mystery of His way, we can rest in perfect peace. "His understanding is infinite," and thus spans, encompasses, and transcends good and evil in a Mind that numberless eons from now will still be taking our breath away with wisdom that illuminates us even as it bewilders us (Acts 17:25; 2:23; Psalm 147:5).

We can trust someone like this, especially when we know that the heart of God is just as breathtaking as His mind. Our Heavenly Father is both infinitely wise and lovingly good, and in this moment and forevermore, the Spirit of God calls us to berth our own hearts and minds in the only safe harbor that exists for them...

"As for God His way is perfect... And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and who are the called according to His purpose."
(II Samuel 22:31; Romans 8:28)

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