DON’T TRY TO FIGURE GOD OUT
J. Grant Swank, Jr.
When you do try to figure God out, you play God. Don’t.
All God asks of you is to trust and obey. Remember that old-time hymn? “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
That’s it—start to finish.
The Bible tells us that God’s ways and thoughts are far above ours. Therefore, stay out of deciphering God’s ways and thoughts and let God be God.
Just trust and obey God in the moment.
There is much in the Bible about waiting upon God. That’s so difficult for some because we have brains and think. We have wills that are determined.
However, our brains and wills are broken. They are damaged due to The Fall. If there had been no Fall our brains and wills would be in total alignment with God. However, they are not because they are damaged.
Therefore, pull back your brains and will until you wait upon God’s thoughts and will. If you have to wait a long time, so be it. God has eternity.
By trusting and obeying, you have to give up
worldliness. Waiting upon God calls for a life of holiness. That means being drawn into God so that He consumes you.
But if that’s all you have to do in this life, you are very fortunate. Those who play their own games are caught up in such complexities they are beside themselves with worry and confusion.
However, peace comes to those who have submitted in the moment to God’s way and thought. If you draw a blank on that in the moment, wait. Don’t push.
“Run not before Him, whatever betide.” That’s another powerful line from an old-time hymn. It’s wisdom.
So don’t try to figure God out. Let God reveal Himself along life’s way. In that, you will find out who God is.
If Moses had tried to figure God out, Moses would never have walked to the Red Sea’s edge with a stick in his hand.
If Daniel had tried to figure God out, Daniel would have run away from the den of lions.
If Joseph had tried to figure God out, Joseph would have never married Mary.
We are called in his life to do one thing under God.
That is to quit playing God. In quit playing God, we trust Him in the moment, waiting upon Him.