God’s Ways are Incomprehensible – 2
God’s Ways are Incomprehensible – 2
We continue with the thought of “God ways are incomprehensible”. As we think about all the adversity comes into our lives and the world around us, we must believe that the management of this world whether public or personal is in the hand of the all wise God. We must place ourselves completely in the hands of God. Psalm 131:2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. We must become more like David in this Psalm. Even after all of the adversity in his life he was able to state that his soul was calm and quiet. His soul was at peace as he knew he was in the hands of an all wise and infinite God.
We see the same thought in Hebrews 12:10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. In order to share in God’s holiness is an equivalent expression to being formed in the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Note: the contrast between the finite fallible wisdom of human parents and the infinite infallible wisdom of God. Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best. Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. The purpose of God’s discipline is not to punish us but to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. Jesus has already paid the price for our sins at Calvary.
Joseph is a great example as he understood the infinite wisdom of God. During his adversity the whole process must have seemed devoid of any meaning. Did Joseph base his expectations on the future or base his expectations on his dreams? We may not see any benefit at the time. We must trust God that in His love He wills what is best for us and in His wisdom He knows how to bring it about. God has an eternal plan for each of us. God is perfect He makes no mistakes.
We should never ask “why” in the sense of demanding that God explain or justify His actions or what He permits in our lives. I am not talking about the reaction spontaneous cry of anguish when calamity first befalls us or someone we love. I am talking of the persistent and demanding “why” that has an accusatory tone towards God. The first is a natural human reaction the second is a sinful human reaction. We may not demand of a sovereign Creator that He explain Himself to His creatures. God has good and sufficient reasons for His actions. We must trust His sovereign wisdom and love.
God does not make mistakes. When we stop and think about it we know in our hearts that God does not make mistakes in our lives. God is infinite in His wisdom. He always knows what is best for us and what, is the best way to bring about that result. Wisdom is commonly defined as good judgment or applied knowledge, the ability to develop the best course of action or the best response to a given situation.
God is at work using His wisdom directing His sovereign power in this world’s affairs. The things that are going on in the world today seem to be out of control and make no sense at all. God is at work in the governments of the world. Why do the wicked nations prosper in the arena of world affairs? Why do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? All these things can simply be attributed to the sinfulness of mankind. We must accept that God is sovereign and conclude that God is in control of all the circumstances and is guiding them with His infinite wisdom to their appointed purpose. The events of the world are not an assortment of uncontrolled and related events. They are part of God’s perfect plan and pattern. One day these events will be shown to be for both His glory and the good of His church. We must learn to stop and be still an allow God’s Providence to work in the governments of the world. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
This does not mean that we become indifferent to the suffering that goes on in the world. We should pray for victims of tragedies and provide relief when we can. Be compassionate without questioning God about His way of controlling the events of the world. It is an irreverent act to question God’s wisdom. It is spiritually debilitating. We are depriving ourselves of the comfort and peace that comes by simply trusting God without requiring an explanation. Totally trusting God when we don’t understand what is happening or why is the only way to peace and comfort and joy.
God wants us to trust and honor Him. Only then can we experience peace and joy. It should fill us with joy that infinite wisdom guides the affairs of the world. Many of its events are shrouded in darkness and mystery and the inextricable confusion sometimes seems to reign. Often wickedness prevails and God seems to have forgotten the creatures that He created. Our own path through life is dark and dreary and beset with difficulties and dangers. When we trust God we receive great consolation.
God’s wisdom directs every event and brings order out of confusion, light out of darkness to those who love God. All things whatever their present aspect and apparent tendency do work together for God’s purpose. Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
As parents watch their son or daughter struggle with cancer they may ask God; “Do You know what You are doing?”, or “Why?” The skill of the chess player is displayed more in winning over a capable opponent than over a novice.
Because God’s wisdom is infinite and His ways unsearchable we cannot understand the ways of God in His Providence as they affect the events in our lives. We need to be cautious of others who offer themselves as interpreters about the “why” and wherefore of what is happening. Be wary of those who say “God let this happen so that I might learn such and such a lesson”.
We do not know what God is doing through a particular set of circumstances or events. I am not saying we should not seek to learn from God’s Providence or from Scripture. The psalmist wanted to learn from God’s Word. Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The children of Israel learned through the Providence in their lives during their time they spent wondering in the desert.
God was not only dealing with Job. He recorded these dealings for our benefit that we might learn. God also has used Job’s struggles about the goodness of God as an example to us. One of the lessons we should learn from Job is to stop asking “why”. God uses Psalm 51, David’s prayer of confession and repentance, to minister to His children.
What adversity has occurred in your life that you could relate to Job’s situation?