Beloved, today I want to discuss with you something that I see happening a lot. I wish I could say it only comes from atheists or agnostics, but even professing Christians, leaders and elders in churches, have done this. They put God on trial. I mentioned before that this week I’m reading through Job chapters 38-42 and every morning it strikes me anew…
Isn’t this exactly what man is still doing today, all these years later? I heard a well known televangelist explain that he no longer believed God was sovereign because one of his congregants had lost a child, and when she asked him why he didn’t know what to say. Will we really annul God’s judgements, condemn Him to justify ourselves? This particular leader wanted to be liked more than he desired to tell the truth. God is sovereign. Death is apart of this fallen world. New life is granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone, eternity is attainable.
If we break an earthly law, let’s say we commit murder, we wouldn’t go before an earthly judge and demand his record be looked at. We wouldn’t question that judge in a haughty and arrogant manner. “What gives you the right the judge me, Judge?” No. This judge has the power to end our lives, he has the power to lock us up and throw away the key. We would arguably beg him for mercy. Yet our sin against God is far more atrocious than any lawbreaking we can do here on earth. How is it we so confidently put Him on trial? As Paul said, “Does the thing molded demand of the molder why it was made this way?”
When we see God through the truth of His Word we respond the same way Job does here. We no longer seek to place God on trail, but instead we repent and ask His forgiveness. Why is this so prevalent in the church? Man no longer fears God, and since the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom, the leaders and elders speak increasingly without it. Beloved brethren, let me make clear that there is a difference between seeking to know God, to better understand His will and purpose for our lives, and placing Him on trial. As in most things, it comes back to the heart of man.
Are you seeking to condemn God to justify yourselves? Do you place your own knowledge and wisdom above the Most High? Repent! Work through your salvation through fear and trembling, examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith. As always, dearest friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.