Passage of the Day: 1st Chronicles 29: 11 … [David’s prayer] … Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.
My Journal for Today: Have you ever heard anyone ask, “Why would God do that?” Well, I’ve thought it, even if I can’t remember saying it to someone; and I have certainly heard it said. Today, King David, in a prayer psalm, makes a declaration that we must honor as truth; … or we declare ourselves to be non-believers.
Why? Because David’s prayer is true! God is OMNIPOTENT; and David’s declaration is in God’s word; and His word is truth. all of it; not just some of it. Therefore, If we can’t believe the truth of 2nd Tim. 3: 16a, then we can’t believe any of the assertions of the Bible; and our faith crumbles.
SCRIPTURE: 2nd Tim. 3: 16a … All Scripture [i.e., Old and New Testaments] is inspired by God … [NASB]
The God to whom David is praying is “El Shaddai,” which, from the Hebrew, is translated “God Almighty!” And our God is either almighty [i.e., omnipotent and all powerful and in total control]; or He is not. Therefore, anyone who asks, “Why God [?],” when circumstances make God’s actions incredulous, is basically saying that God doesn’t have the right to be in control; … or he’s saying that God’s control is not just or loving. Or, finally, he could be saying, “God is not in control.”
What about you? What is your opinion about God’s control?
Ps. 115: 3 says, “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.” And we must accept that El Shaddai would never allow anything to happen or do anything that was not totally in accord with all of His attributes as well as His own will.; and omnipotence is one of those attributes.
Therefore, when Paul writes (in Rom. 8: 28), “… all things work together for the good for those who love God ...;” we must accept, by faith, that bad circumstances don’t mean that God is out of control or has lost His edge of power or that He’s quit loving us. We either believe Ps. 145: 17 or we do not, which says, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.” The Apostle Paul again, as he did in Rom. 8: 28, challenges believers to get on board with their faith. Read Rom. 9: 20 – 21 where Paul quotes questions by quoting from Isaiah …
SCRIPTURE: Rom. 9: 20-21 ... 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "[IS. 29: 16; 45: 9] 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
Yes, when we see over 150,000 people die in a horrible tsunami; and we see the city of New Orleans engulfed and almost destroyed by a hurricane, we are tempted to say, “Why, God?!” But we must not! Rather, we must be asking god, “What must we do to understand You, Lord?” It’s time for all of us, who call ourselves Christian, to recognize that God is in control. We need to put up (our faith) AND shut up (our doubts). We need to do what Christ has commanded us to do in Luke 9: 23 … to deny self, to take up [His] cross daily and to follow [Him].
My Prayer Today: You are in control, Lord; and I’m am blessed by Your power in my life. Amen