It occurs to me, as I ponder questions about how God operates – if He operates in this way or that way, why He doesn’t do this or that, etc. – that I have left the underlying and overriding Truth of salvation. After all, what has God done in salvation? He has sent Jesus to earth to take on my sin – past, present, and future – to suffer the excruciating agony of separation from His Father because of my sin, which actually makes the physical suffering pale in comparison (Yes, it does!) – simply so I could be born again into life in eternal relationship with Our Father!
John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When I simplify the whole Christian life equation, removing all the variables and all the unknowns (possibly never-knowns this side of eternity), my perspective becomes clear once again. If Jesus would do this for me – and He did; and if Our Father would send Him to suffer for me this way – and He did; why do I insist on getting so caught up in but, what about? God is fully trustworthy and so unlimited by my limited mind and its understanding!
Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
When I allow myself to focus on the things I don’t or can’t understand, at least for now, I begin to doubt (read this distrust) Him and His goodness, and even His motives. But God is good! Period. He has given His all for all – even if I am the only one who ever received what He gave (and I know I’m not). And He is trustworthy, even when I don’t understand. He gave me His Word. He gave me His Son. He gave me His very life!
John 10:10 NIV . . . I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
2 Chronicles 6:41 NIV Now arise, O Lord God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness.
I choose to return to the simplicity of what God has done for me. He’s given me life. He’s given me salvation in Jesus Christ. Praise our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!