God is God, and I am not.

Recently, I looked further into the Israeli & Palestinian conflict. A friend’s post prompted me to do some research into this issue, and it helped me to learn a few things that I didn’t know. For example, I learned there does appear to be a difference between the Nation of Israel (the chosen people of God) and the State of Israel (the nation & government). I could go on, but this post is not really about the all of that.

So, what’s it about?

In reflecting on the Nation of Israel, the Jews, and God’s Chosen People I started asking myself, “Why have the Jews been so heavily afflicted throughout time?” Obviously, there are many biblical references in the Old Testament to point out the relationship between God, and the Jewish people that help us better understand. But, fast forward to more recent times, and look at the Holocaust for example. Also, consider the Jewish State of Israel. Since its inception the surrounding nations & Arab people have sought to attack and destroy it. Look at the people, and groups that hate Israel, and attack it. It makes one really wonder. Why God would allow this continued treatment of them?

My question has more to do with the affliction & suffering of a people that God singled out from the rest of humanity with exceptional favor. And after thinking about it seems that God has responded! I read this passage in Romans.

20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?

Romans 9: 20-22

And I was wrecked! I wept.

In that moment I am humbled. I am reminded of my proper place in relation to God our Creator.

And yes, this is a tough passage! But we need to hear it. We need to be reminded of truth. We need to be reminded of who we are in relation & comparison to God Almighty. There is a tendency today in the American church both physically & corporately is elevate people, and diminish God. No, I don’t recommend that we go back to the hell & damnation preaching days of the past. However, because “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” we need to make sure all of it is read, studied, communicated, and preached.

So, I may not understand these hard truths fully, but I believe God’s character. That helps me trust Him. To obey Him. Jesus demonstrates God’s goodness, and love in ways that my finite mind cannot fully understand. And that is enough to point me in the right direction. We are created by God for the glory of God! We are the creation, and He is the Creator! God is God, and I am not.

 

 

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The Narrow Gate

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt. 7:13-14)

Contrary to the world’s beliefs & false liberal Theology there aren’t many paths to eternal life. Jesus is not a way, but the way. (John 14:6) Jesus is also not someone that you just add to your life.

The Christian life is not meant to be easy. It is not meant to be popular. It is challenging to enter into because you must be willing give everything up to follow Jesus. You may be mocked, ridiculed, and perhaps even persecuted for your faith. Relationship with Christ means submitting all of your life to Him. It means that you are willing to give up your earthly desires because Jesus is more beautiful, radiant, and glorious!

In Luke 13, Jesus puts it this way, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

If you claim to know Jesus Christ ask yourself.

  • How is my walk with Him? Is it easy?
  • Are my views about Jesus, and Scripture popular in today’s culture?
  • Is your faith being tested?
  • Are you struggling with sin? Or does sin not bother you?
  • Have you openly rejected certain truths of Scripture?
  • Is Jesus “a way” to eternal life?

If you have answered yes to some of these then you might not have entered through the narrow gate. You may not know Jesus. The good news is that you can know Jesus! That you can repent, and by grace through faith begin a genuine relationship with Christ and be reconciled to God the Father. But please do not wait! There is an urgency in Christ’s invitation for a day and time is coming when it will be too late!