Friday, December 20, 2013

Considerations ~ Arrogance vs Accuracy

Premise: My doubts about God are arrogant, not accurate.  

We exalt ourselves as authorities on the God we do not know. We raise ourselves up to divine-status by thinking we are the ones who contain the full knowledge of God, and whatever we think and believe about God is, in fact, the facts about God. 

All the while God has surrounded us with a universe that proclaims his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20). “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). “The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge!” (Psalm 50:6). Methinks that the glories of creation outnumber any of my doubting thoughts, and any collection of doubters the world has ever heard. 

And then there are the Scriptures, the written words of God, that tell us in detail what God is like, how he works, what he is doing, and how we can be part of him as a beloved child adopted by our heavenly Father. No wonder the songwriter of old would exclaim: “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103). “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).  

Feeling the humility and brokenness that turns from my adult arrogance to childlike wonder feels much better than the terrifying insecurity of believing my own doubts. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” (Psalm 111:10). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10).
© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~
Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

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