The chairman of my board, John Russon, once said to me, “I wish God was more concerned about His reputation.” Let's think about that for a minute as we look back in Scripture to see the sometimes confusing ways that God works in our lives.
Take Habakkuk for example - God used the more wicked Chaldeans to punish wicked Israel. Or how about the account of the birth of Christ, where we see Herod being allowed to slaughter all those babies? What about in Job, where we find Job questioning God’s actions and how God replies by asking Job if he was there when He hung the stars in the sky, or hung the earth with nothing suspending it? God continues, asking if He sought Job’s wisdom when He had the ostrich lay its eggs on the ground?
Fascinating thought, isn’t it? I mean, let’s be honest, laying your eggs on the ground is a foolish idea, isn’t it? Eggs laid on the ground can be taken by enemies or destroyed very easily, and yet the ostrich continues to proliferate. I think what God was saying to Job in those verses was, I am in the things that don't even make sense.
I too, wish sometimes that God was more concerned about His reputation and would offer some explanations! I think these stories were placed in the Scriptures so we would recognize how big He is. He is far beyond our minds! We may be teachers, but we were first students, and we need to remain students or we'll never be teachers of other men. We must allow God to be big and, in the process, allow God to be good.
“You are good and do good.” Psalm 119:68a (NASB)
All He does is good, beloved, even when it doesn't look good.
You know, if He's not worried about his reputation, I don't think we should be worried about it either.
He allowed His Son to be crucified for the sin of man. If you think about it, that doesn't make sense either. All it does is magnify His goodness and His love.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
1 John 3:16a (NIV)
He is good, and He is big, and we're going to spend an eternity learning how good and big He really is. Beloved, I hope this encourages you.
When dark things come your way, realize that He's bigger than those dark things.
Trust that He is good and all that He does is good, even when things don't look good.
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