Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the
former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there
is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times
the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do
all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth
my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to
pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Yesterday I said the answer to the question was “Because I said
so.” Some of you took it to mean I was being funny, using our own words uttered
to our children who have frustrated us to the point of exasperation. Wrong, I
meant it and these are the verses upon which I make my stand.
We cannot imagine how God could sit in eternity before time began,
before anything in time was created and could see all that was about to happen
in time, IF He were to speak
creation into being. He knew before He spoke all the things that would happen
in time, from the beginning to the end. I am not amazed so much about His
ability to do so as I am that He decided it was all worth it and said, “Make it
Can you give thanks to God for loving us so much that He declared
all the suffering in this world to be worth it, just to have our love for Him?
There is no other reason God spoke creation into being. God is love and His
only motivation for creation itself. He tried to tell us that and we looked at
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet
being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Pretend I am that six year old from yesterday. Explain this
to me so that I will understand.
Be prepared to answer every little why for any answer you
might offer. Kids will so often confound our understandings with why questions.
Why? Why? Why?
Here let me help you. The answer is “Because I said so.”
If you have children you have been thru this yourself. Every
parent does because all kids are alike in this. They want to understand. We are
God’s children and we want to understand. Some of us are so smart that we have
it all figured out without asking God. The error in that is that understanding
without relationship is godless intellect.
Every word in God’s Word is meant to communicate with His
children. Some of it is so simple a six year old can understand it. Some of it
is so deep that a proper understanding cannot be made apart from God’s divine
revelation. Our continuing education is not just giving meaning to scriptures.
It is also giving meaning to life.
This life in Christ has meaning and discovering who we are in
Christ is part of this relationship we have with God the Father. That discovery
can only be accomplished by growth. The array of complexity in His Word is
designed to gauge your growth.
Jonah 4:11b …persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their
God graciously saved us to instruct us in the
way everlasting, so that we would no longer be those that do not know their
left from their right.