Trusting What We Know About God

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19).

Imagine a mother walking into a kitchen and beholding her toddler child eating a cookie from a jar he was unable to reach. What would she think? “Junior, you were not supposed to eat any cookies before dinner and, furthermore, you could risk your life climbing on the counter like that!” Then imagine that she had the presence of mind to review footage from surveillance cameras they just installed. Imagine her reaction when she sees her oldest child walk in, take a cookie, and then hand one to the child saying, “It’s okay, mom said you could have one, I just spoke with her.” This story reads almost true-to-life when we think of how many times we judged God based on our first impressions.

Here’s where people run into trouble: when they try to learn about God from what they don’t know rather than from what they do know. For example, we know God is holy. In fact, He is too holy to tolerate evil (Habakkuk 1:13). We know that He will deliver His people from oppression:

“Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the Lord will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them” (Pro. 22:22-23).

“Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 17:5).

These verses make it clear that God will right wrongs, including those inflicted on His people. But we do not know God’s timetable, nor should we focus on that. Why? Because He has not revealed that to us. What should we focus on? We should anchor our souls on those things He has revealed. Of course, we get those truths from the Bible. Note the following:

  • God has power to deliver (Exod. 13:3)
  • No one can challenge what God does (Daniel 4:35)
  • His truth endures forever (Psalm 117:2)
  • God has absolute righteousness (Psalm 71:19)
  • God loves us and will not forsake us (Psalm 37:28)

We should always interpret things that happen by these truths, and not otherwise. What we see may reflect only a portion of what is real. But as we meditate on Scripture, God encourages our hearts and gives us spiritual eyes to see things as they are.

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