“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “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)
I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)
God is impossible to fully understand or fathom with our limited minds. We are asked to walk with faith in the things we don’t understand. If we are honest with ourselves. We don’t fully understand anything. The depth of God’s creation is too vast. The best that can be done is to establish scientific theory and then watch it evolve over time to try and explain its unknowing position. If we can’t fully comprehend God’s creation, how much more incomprehensible is the Creator? I begin this way to make a point that came to mind during my studies today.
I think back to all of the pagan gods of time past and the practices of those followers. The scripture for Ecclesiastes above tells us that God puts eternity on all men’s hearts. He creates a missing piece in all man’s spirit that can only be filled by Him. This explains the way all men seek to fill that void with other gods and practices to fulfill a need they cannot explain. The problem arises when they can’t comprehend anything larger than what they see and feel. They can’t understand the scripture from Isaiah above. That is, God is larger than our feeble attempts to explain Him. To this day even Christians are guilty of putting God in a box that suits their understanding. That understanding creates comfort, but confines God’s work in them as they can’t believe His prompting outside of their standard for Him. They struggle to let ‘God be God.’ Pagans suffer the same way in that they attach human qualities to the gods which leaves them in a perpetual state of uncertainty of how to relate to or please those gods. They live life sacrificing larger and larger things hoping to find favor. Some cultures even looked to human sacrifice to accomplish such things.
As I sit and think about how terrifying that must be to hope that you have done enough and lived up to a god’s changing standard and emotion. I fall deeper into praise that I was called to be the child of a God that doesn’t change. He is the same forever. He took on human flesh to come save me. I don’t have to sacrifice anything accept my flesh, but in return He gives me a new heart and a clean spirit that far surpasses what was given up. I would not seek to serve a God that needed fulfillment from His people, or a God that has variation based of situation and emotion. The Heavenly Father I speak of is above all things and stands steadfast and faithful in His love and mercy. How anyone might miss the superiority of what the true God looks like is beyond my comprehension too. If you know Jesus consider yourself blessed to have been called to Him. Now let that blessing overflow to the lost world around you as they find idols to fill the void that God desires to be filled only by Him.
“From Him (Christ) we learn how God acts toward people. The hypo-critical, the basically insincere, will find Him cold and aloof, as they once found Jesus; but the penitent will find Him merciful; the self-condemned will find Him generous and kind. To the frightened He is friendly, to the poor in spirit He is forgiving, to the ignorant, considerate; to the weak, gentle; to the stranger, hospitable.” -A.W. Tozer
The bible leads us to approach God in submission, in humility, in meekness, in gratitude, in love, etc. For the longest time I loved this idea. We ask the Holy Spirit to move in our lives as we grow in faith. The Spirit allows us to achieve the for mentioned attributes as we relate to a God that is greater than our minds and hearts can comprehend. The Creator of the universe, the God that has no beginning and no end, the God that has a love that is incomprehensible to our fallen hearts is worthy of all we are called to grow into. My thoughts were always to give my savior all of my heart and to submit all of my ways to the God that knows what is best for me. He designed me for a purpose and allowing Him to guide my steps leads me to a life that will far surpass my greatest dreams.
It is in this submission that I had a revelation as I read the passage above. Not only are we giving to God what is due Him as our Creator and Heavenly Father, in this position of growing sanctification we gain a perspective of God that allows us to move closer to Him in praise, worship, and love. When we take the position the Spirit leads us to we allow God to show us more of His infinitude and to move freely in our lives growing us in holiness and Christ-likeness.
In this same thought we should have compassion for those who are lost in the darkness of sin. How can they know what God can do through Jesus if they don’t have a heart to submit and allow Him to show His power in their lives? We must lead them through example and not just words that they cannot comprehend in their fallen state. Refuse to be frustrated as the stumble for perspective. Show the unfailing love of God that you know because God called you out of the darkness to reflect His light. Help others find perspective as you grow yourself.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
As I read through the book of James the Lord stopped my heart on the phrase “Meekness of Wisdom.” I felt the desire to revisit the concept of meekness and feel fortunate that I was led to do this.
People mistake meekness for weakness. The exact definition we find when we look is: submissiveness. Now ask yourself: submissive to who? Our inclination toward a definition of weakness means we see this as a submission to others. The bible indicates that our submission is to God! Biblical meekness is confidence in God which allows us to submit to His rule over our lives. Psalm 37:5-8 breaks this down into pieces: waiting on God, committing our way to God, trusting in God, being quiet and still before God, and not allowing anger when others prosper. The bible tells us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) We are also told: He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. (Isaiah 40:29) We have to decrease so that God can increase. Meekness goes against our sinful nature which seeks to enforce our beliefs and lash out under criticism or reproof. A spirit of meekness calls us to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to anger. (James 1:19) Jesus tells us that the meek will inherit the earth. Seeing as the universe is God’s to give along with all of its provision, wouldn’t submitting to Him allow you to receive the inheritance as one of His children?
Meekness is not weakness. It is allowing the power of God to rule your life thus making you stronger than you could be on your own. It’s in submission we find peace. It’s in letting God fight our battles that we find closure. It’s in trust that the world has no hold on us and His joy can fill our hearts.