A lovely, well-written book that examines the everyday relationship of God with man which is shown through many familiar personalities from the Bible and through a look at how Jesus Christ himself interacted with others while in this human realm.
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THE WEAKNESS OF GOD DISPLAYED
THROUGHTOUT THE SCRIPTURES
“For ye see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty”. 1st Corinthians 1:26-27
The Bible is full of examples of the wondrous workings of God in His dealings with mankind. The scriptures have shown that God’s ways are not subject to the thinking of man, but acts according to the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11). Where man comfortably boasts of his ability to create, build or solve problems, he is often confounded by God’s peculiar methodology to handle the same affairs.
History has demonstrated that man judges his worth by the depths of his accomplishments, wealth and prestige. Man’s thinking is high, higher and highest as testament on how he values himself. God works the opposite by going low, lower and lowest in his Divine Providence of fulfilling His desire. He told the prophet, “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”(Isaiah 55: 8-9).
One cannot predict or categorize God working a particular way to know His operations. If that were possible such a person would believe that he is equal to God. But God’s ways can never be fathomed out by the carnal finite mind, and He deliberately operates in mysterious fashion so that men cannot know by his own analysis. Knowing the vanity of man’s mind, God hides his purpose so that no flesh should glory in His presence (1stCorinthians 1:29).
To explain God through logic or rationalization would find one trapped in a maze from which there is no escape. The more one tries to define God apart from faith, the more muddled and confused one becomes. “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all”(Ecclesiastes 11:5).
We must first believe God before we can know about Him and as he enters our lives He will reveal things to us (Hebrews 11: 6;Psalms 25: 14). We find that the Bible records God’s many dealings through men and women selected by Him to accomplish His will for man. At various times and manners He would use His servants in unconventional ways that astonished the great and famous among men.
Those chosen by God were not of the elite classes of men, neither were they of great virtue or abilities. Many came from humble beginnings that labored in obscurity until God called them for service. Some felt unworthy to be chosen, telling God of their limitations and handicaps.
We make the mistake of believing God only appears with lightning and rolling thunders to show He’s among us. Sometimes He will show up through the mundane or insignificant of circumstances to reveal His will for us. The things that God does may not make sense to us at times, but He knows what he’s doing because He sees events from the end to the beginning. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”(Isaiah 46:10).
God is omnipotent, who was before time, yet works within time in bringing to fruition His plan for the ages. Where we measure time by past, present and future, God in his omnipresence sees all as right now in a panoramic sense. He can speak of things in the future as though happening in the present, because only He has the power to bring it to pass (Romans 4:17, 21).
They who were called of God became great, not because of their status, position or abilities, but through humility and awareness of their weaknesses. Their sense of unworthiness and reliance on God helped them to overcome impossible odds that challenged them. Hebrews 11th chapter features the heroes of faith who through God accomplished numerous victories on His behalf.
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions: Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of aliens”(Hebrews 11:33-34). The lesson that should be learned by these examples of God’s servants is that they were no different than you and me.
They were flawed; weak and made mistakes just as we do. Some committed grievous sins and failed God, but humbled themselves to ask for God’s mercy. The Bible does not romanticize these servants of God, but shows the warts and shortcomings that were in them. The consistent pattern in all of them was their obedience to God to do as he said in overcoming the obstacles before them.
Paul says in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”. The hope that we possess is if God can work through these men despite their faults, he can use us as well