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A. Do you think you have God FIGURED OUT?
In a heated discussion some years ago over a CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE, this individual arrogantly said, ďI know what the TRUTH is on this matter, and God doesnít ACCEPT anybody who believes DIFFERENTLY.Ē
Doesnít it sound like to you that this person is implying that ďwhatever he LIKES God LIKES, and whatever he DISLIKES God DISLIKESĒ?
That was pretty much it. How do I know? I was the person who made that REMARK. I genuinely believed that I had ALL the RIGHT ANSWERS to every ISSUE. And if you BELIEVED differently, then you were on your way to HELL.
My problem was, I thought I had God all FIGURED out. I LIMITED Him to my understanding. God BELIEVED what I BELIEVED! He CONDEMNED whom I CONDEMNED!
It wasnít until I was CHALLENGED by so many godly PREACHERS and Bible TEACHERS that I started taking a more SERIOUS and HONEST look at Godís Word, and soon came face-to-face with the REALIZATION that I was making myself EQUAL with God. I was DECIDING for God "what" and "who" He COULD and COULD NOT accept.
My BLATANT ARROGANCE literally SICKENED me. And to think how many people Iíve CONDEMNED over the years--how many have TURNED away from Christ because of my JUDGMENTAL, ARROGANT ATTITUDE having put God in a BOX and making DECISIONS for Him.
B. What I have learned over the last dozen or so years is that I NEED A GOD I CANíT UNDERSTAND!
1. Isaiah 40:28- ďGodís UNDERSTANDING, no one can
That means that God can do things that I may not AGREE with, or even LIKE. He can ALLOW things to HAPPEN that I will never UNDERSTAND. He can ACCEPT people that I may never ACCEPT. Iíve painfully LEARNED that Heís GOD and Iím not--and arenít you GLAD?
2. Our study will be taken from the book of Job this morning.
Job was a man who came to the UNDERSTANDING that He didnít UNDERSTAND God, and it HUMBLED him. He, along with His FRIENDS(so-called) thought they had God FIGURED out when it came to HUMAN SUFFERING.
His friends said one thing and Job said another. But both discovered that God was much more COMPLEX than what their FINITE MINDS could COMPREHEND.
3. I donít think our FINITE MINDS, even with all of our SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, can do any better, do you?
We have put God in a BOX for far too long. God is FAR BIGGER than we can ever IMAGINE. He is an AWESOME GOD with AWESOME POWER.
I. LETíS TAKE A LOOK AT A MAN WHO THOUGHT HE HAD GOD FIGURED OUT
We first find Job with everything going for him. He had everything that a man could possibly want on earth. He was RICH. He had a fine FAMILY. He had FRIENDS. He had his HEALTH. In fact, he even had an ENDORSEMENT from God who said to Satan, ďHave you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him; his is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evilĒ- Job 1:8. (Thatís a pretty good character reference.)
But then all of a sudden things begin to FALL APART. He lost his CHILDREN, his RICHES, and his HEALTH. Then he found out that his FRIENDS werenít so good after all. They came to bring him COMFORT during
his LOSS and SICKNESS, but ended up pointing an ACCUSING FINGER telling him that God brought all of the CALAMITIES on him because of SIN. Job insisted that he had done nothing
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