Daily Devotional

Be Reconciled to God

by Simon Whitton

1 The LORD said to Job:
2 "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"
3 Then Job answered the LORD:
4 "I am unworthy-- how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.
5 I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."
6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
8 "Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Job 40:1-8 (NIV)

Most of us believe God is righteous, just, fair and loving; but some of us think that people who have never heard the gospel will go to Hell, others don't. We all have preconceived ideas of who God is and our own notions of justice. One thing I observed from living on two different continents, is the huge impact environment has on thinking. We think we are free-thinking people, but we're not, we are very much a product of our upbringing, culture, media and education.

When it comes to understanding the Bible and God, we bring all of our cultural baggage with us. We attempt to reconcile God to our way of thinking. We want to fit Him and the scriptures into our view of who we believe God should be and how He should behave. We try to explain certain scriptures, justify them, and even bend 'rules' to make God fit comfortably.

We also want to make God more comfortable for others, both inside and outside of the church. We sometimes try to reconcile God to people; and although this may not appear to be a bad thing, we shouldn't have to apologize for God in order to justify ourselves. It's people who need to be reconciled to God, not God to people.

Most of Christianity's divisive issues are related to justice in some way; perhaps because humanity's main concern regarding God is: whether He is just? It's a futile question, God is who He is; and you may have to 'brace yourself like a man', but justice is whatever God says it is! If anyone has a problem with that, it's their problem not God's.

We are unworthy to even comment on the justice of God. We speak of things we do not understand, things too wonderful to know. We have heard of God, but we have not seen Him. Let's humble ourselves before Him.

Perhaps you have been trying to reconcile God to yourself in some way. Confess this to Him, and ask instead that you will be reconciled to God.

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