Recovery: It's a God Thing
Tuesday May 03, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: 2 Chronicles 11 – 13
“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?” Job 38:2 NLT
This was written to Job but is applicable to us all. Have you ever considered how often we question the wisdom of God?
We question God’s wisdom every time we do what feels good rather than doing what we know to be right.
We question God’s wisdom every time we tear down, rather than build up (self or others).
We question God’s wisdom every time we love things and use people.
We question God’s wisdom every time we live with the burden of shame and condemnation.
We question God’s wisdom every time we fail to respond immediately when overcome with a feeling of conviction.
We question God’s wisdom every time we live in darkness rather than by the warm light of His love.
We question God’s wisdom every time we think and do independently of Him.
It’s normal to question. We’ll discover as we read along that God challenges Job without condemning him. Asking tough questions is a natural part of an intimate connection whether one is in relationship with God or fellow humans. God is not insecure. Ask away. (But let’s remember that God is paying attention, so it might be good for us to respect his time by listening for his response!)
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 NIV
God is not shocked when we do silly things. He does, however, desire for us to learn from our mistakes. One of the ways we get trained for our next grand epic adventure is by developing the discernment to distinguish good from evil. We must seek a heart transplant from God so that our greatest desire is to avoid evil and to do good. The writer of Hebrews seems a bit agitated that his listeners were slow to learn. I understand that but would like to add my own thought: better a slow learner than no learner at all.