Sunday, 30 July 2017

Who can teach God?

Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counsellor has taught Him?
With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge,
And showed Him the way of understanding? – Isaiah 40.13-14

I love this rhetorical question. Of course no one is really looking for an answer, but it does show us how silly we are when we question God or we think that we have all of the answers.

Isn’t it weird how easy it is for us to get caught up in the notion that we know more than God does? We see situations that we don’t understand or worry about things down that the road that we don’t have a solution to and we get upset because we think if I can’t figure this out nobody else can.

Or, we see God doing something and we think ‘that's not the way I would do it’ and we get upset with God like we know better.

Habakkuk did that. He didn’t like the situation in Israel and he prayed and when God told him what He was going to do he didn’t like it. But he didn’t stay there. He remembered that ‘the Lord is in His holy temple’ and that the best thing for him to do was to sit down and watch God work.

And that is what is best for us. We can’t teach God. We can’t correct Him. We can watch Him work in His perfect way.

Instead of trying to sort God out we ought to be sitting back and learning.

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