Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Who Are You, O Man, to Answer Back to God?

13You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13. ESV.)

Have you ever sought after something? Maybe you wanted it so bad, it consumed your thoughts? Perhaps you prayed to God and begged Him to let you have the desire of your heart? I know I have. And, I learned greatly from it! I feel this lesson is a tough one to teach my children, though extremely important…God does not give us what we WANT. Rather, He gives us what we NEED. We need Him! Also, His word and the body of Christ.

There has been a lot of talk, recently, about Louis Zamperini. Have you heard about him? A book was written about him that was turned into a movie, “Unbroken”. I guess the movie does not cover his whole story, though. I hear it leaves out the part where Mr. Zamperini was saved…after being an Olympic runner, prisoner of war (POW), and alcoholic. I am almost tempted to buy his books (the one about him and the one he wrote). Though, I cannot quite find the interview for which I was searching, I did come across this one that tells a little bit about what happened in his life after he returned home from the POW camp.

I was going to go workout, this morning, but then I became so engrossed in finding the interview with Mr. Zamperini about which I had heard and really wanted to see. I cannot help but wonder how old Mr. Zamperini was when God saved Him (after he had returned home, got married, and went to the Billy Graham revival). Further, admittedly, I am curious why God saves some and not others. But, I know the answer. God is not all about saving individuals. He is about being glorified. That may sound harsh or terrible but I do not mean it that way. His word says,
14What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
19You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25As indeed he says in Hosea,
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
(Romans 9:14-26. ESV.)
Even Christ Jesus said,
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39. ESV.)

My goodness. What deep, deep pondering and meditation for a cold, winter morning. Yet, I see it. That is EXACTLY how it is. Let us take Mr. Zamperini’s story as an example. His wife was saved and he was not (for a period of time). What do you think it was like in that household? Mr. Zamperini was suffering, terribly, from (an) event(s) that occurred in his life and no one could help him…not even his wife. That must have been torture…for both of them. And, what if the span of that had been over several years…40, 30, 20? Mercifully, God saved him. Over and again, God saved him…physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

As His word says, who am I to “answer back” to God?

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