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LESSONS IN SCRIPTURE: God’s Ways Are Not Ours

I have already written about Christians defending their support of unrepentant and ungodly people by saying “God can use sinners” and “We’re electing a leader, not a pastor.”  Now I am encountering a third misuse of scripture to defend the indefensible.  This one is “God’s ways are not our ways.”

Now, it’s true, God’s Word does say:

Isaiah 55:8

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

But it is a mistake to imply that this means we cannot know anything about God’s ways.  Scripture clearly tells us that God gave us His Word — in large part — so we can learn more about Him and His ways.  What do we think the Torah is all about?  It is God giving us His Law — His Way.  What do we think the Sermon on the Mount is all about?  It is Christ reaffirming God’s Law — His ways.  And if we are to assume that Isaiah 55:8 means we cannot know anything bout God’s ways, then what are we to make of the majority of the New Testament, which is filled with the Lord’s servants tell us about God’s ways?

But Scripture is God-breathed, and because God is omniscient, He addressed this issue long ago when He told us — through His servant:

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness;

This is also why the Bible records history — the good, the bad and the ugly.  It is so we can look to what has happened in the past and how the Lord dealt with His people as well as those who do not recognize or obey Him (i.e. Gentiles).  The events of the Old Testament most certainly do tell us about God’s ways, both in word and in deed.  And we are expected to learn the lessons and apply them to our lives.

So, when someone tells me they are free to support an unrepentant and self-proclaimed enemy of God because “God’s ways are not ours,”…  Well, all I can say in response is I do not find a single Scripture to support this claim, but I can list many that bear witness against it.

[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special.  There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days.  I write now because I feel driven to do so.  Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read.  I’d just as soon not bother anymore.  It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good.  So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control.  Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not.  All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page.  Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends.  So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish.  Thank you.]

 

2 responses to “LESSONS IN SCRIPTURE: God’s Ways Are Not Ours

  1. The problem is that our ways are not God’s ways, and too many of us do not care.

    • True, but His Word also tells us He gave it to teach us His ways — at least some of them. That is the point of this post: that we should not assume we cannot know anything of God’s ways — especially when His Word says we can and should 🙂

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