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“The Only Answer We Actually Need Has Already Been Given…

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God’s Character Revealed in Christ Jesus” by Lou Koncsol

 

When we as mere creatures, experientially sinful creatures, attempt to judge God’s ways we must be ever diligent not to succumb to pride...either overt pride by holding God’s ways in contempt or the complacent pride of rendering simplistic answers to explain away the deep mysteries not revealed to us by the Lord.

Suffice to say, God is so perfect and so, so holy that He and He alone can employ that which is evil to accomplish that which is good, even perfectly good.

There is Bible warrant to say this.  The evil performed against Joseph by his older brothers and others in his life were but cogs within the movement of God’s great plan of redemption.  Moreover, the showcase text is witnessed in Acts 2:23, “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of sinful men.”

Nothing compares to the evil regarding the crucifixion, viz. the despicable murder of Jesus Christ the Spotless Lamb of God.  Yet, God’s Word testifies this was the foreordained, immutable, perfect Will of God to display His glory in the context of all-effectual grace to hostile sinners alienated from Him and rightly under His righteous condemnation.  Yet, through God, the greatest evil was amazingly used for the greatest good. Despite His intended and actual use of this nadir of sins, God’s Character is unassailably impeccable.

A poor analogy within my limited and feeble mind would be the veterinarian’s scalpel and the desperate dog in mortal peril.  If that dog were conscious, or conscious enough during surgery to consider the wound of the blade what would it construe?

No doubt, due to its inability to understand and reason beyond a dog it would not rightly deem the surgeon’s blade.  In the mind of the dog, the scalpel of the surgeon differs little from the knife of the abuser.  It disrupts tissue, damages cells, and causes the exodus of life-sustaining blood.  It results in pain, subsequent swelling, and susceptibility to harmful bacteria and deadly disease.  Panic and fear would usurp the rightful confidence and gratitude beyond the animal’s recognition.  But in this fallen world, dogs still can trust the proven, benevolent master who removes the chard from the infected paw amid profound pain.  Sadly, the dumb beast convicts many of us:  “Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master's care, but Israel doesn't know its Master. My people don't recognize My care for them" Isaiah 1:3.   

Too often, we who have tasted that the LORD is good act the part of the frantic hound that bites the helping hand.  Sadly, the dog has excuse for it is neither made in the image of the veterinarian nor given the veterinarian’s thoughts to own.  The dog upon which the veterinarian’s blade is used would consider it a mal-intentioned assault, a life-threatening wrong, a horrid evil.  Yet, in reality, the very blade perceived as evil is the instrument of profound good, even the rescue of the poor dog’s life. 

The limitation of the dog not only affects its reasoning for the surgeon’s blade; but also, its daily life since both the brightness of the day and the shadows interpenetrating the day both find their ultimate cause in the sun.  “Finitum non capax Infiniti.”  (“The finite cannot comprehend the Infinite” -John Calvin.)  However, revealed love is better than mere knowledge gained, “But I trust in Your unfailing love. I will rejoice because You have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because He is good to me” Psalm 135:5-6.  In Christ, we posses both holy love and holy knowledge in super-sufficiency to know with utmost certainty “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.  Amen.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are My ways higher than your ways

and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9