For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
(Colossians 1:19-20 ESV)
(Colossians 1:19-20 ESV)
On earth we have always been plagued with many differing religions. All promising the finding of God. One feature to all them is the attempt to explain God and what he is doing. This is not unusual and will continue until Jesus returns to put an end to all this foolishness. How tragic it will be to have people looking for God in all the wrong places and refusing Jesus’ call to repent and trust his finished work.
What is offensive and causes some to become so offended they leave the faith is parts of the Christian Church doing the same thing. This is a refusal to try to comprehend the events in life outside of suffering and the cross. These theologians will peer all over the place at logic, worldly and demonic wisdom and pagan philosophy. This is done in pride trying to wrap minds around the mystery of catastrophe, illness and other such events.
Looking at the account of Job we see horrible things happen to this man who feared God and rejected evil. The answer he gets from the Almighty was to show him he could not hope to understand the answer. This demonstrates the truth found in Isaiah 55:8,9 where Father proclaims his thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways. The answer down through the centuries has been for God’s people trust in him regardless of circumstances and our ability to comprehend the reason.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:25-30 ESV)
A sweet invitation to those who believe in Jesus. The so called wise and learned theologians spend years speculating and cannot see this invitation. Take a long and loving look at our Crucified and Risen Lord and we will see the Father revealed to us through faith. I encourage my fellow believers in Jesus to leave off the searching for God, in all the wrong places, to the false religions of which there are many. Demonstrating to them how Our Lamb of God is the only God revealed to us.
Let us believe this good news and live in its peace. In the name of Jesus. Amen. †