I’ve shown in the previous two posts that both predestination and choice are true in the Bible. God chooses to save some and we also have the ability granted by him to surrender to him. It’s a conundrum which our puny minds can’t comprehend.
This paradox reminds me of a fly buzzing against a window pane. It can’t figure out what’s blocking its way, yet it sees the outside world through the glass. We’re like that fly when we strive to grasp the unfathomable and infinite mind of God Almighty.
Isaiah 64:8 (KJV) aptly shows our relationship to the Lord. “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Therefore, who do people think they are to question his omniscient will?
Jeremiah 18:6 (KJV) is another example of God likening himself to a master potter and we as being mere clay. “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
Lest anybody think this is just an Old Testament mandate, look at what Paul wrote in Romans 9:21 (KJV). “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” This, by the way, is the reason that he favoured Jacob over Esau.
Job sure learned his lesson regarding questioning God’s intelligence and wisdom. The final three chapters of the book of Job show how the Lord showed through questions that we mere humans are as nothing compared to the Almighty. Like Paul wrote in Romans 9:20 (KJV), “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?”
I likewise learned my lesson regarding judging God’s motives, though not in such a dramatic way as Job did. In How I Was Razed, I showed how misinformed I was about the Lord and how he graciously led me to know him as he truly is. Please check out my wondrous testimony memoir at Amazon.