Think Noble Things of God

One of my mentors is a fellow named Jim McGuiggan. He is a minister who knows suffering and yet he says often, “Think noble things of God.” His web site is on my Blog Roll, you should visit there – he’s far deeper than I am.

It’s easy to blame God.

When things don’t work out in our favor, when the diagnosis is bad, when our kids don’t get well, when we don’t get the job, when our cause doesn’t triumph, when our team doesn’t win, it’s easy to blame Him. It’s not that it’s his fault… it’s that He could have done ‘something’ and He just didn’t want to. We sometimes temper our anger by the fear that He could choose to make our lives worse. We suffer the injustice and like a child who sticks her tongue out once the bedroom door is closed, our frustration bubbles beneath the surface. We think bad of God.

One of the things that Jim taught me is from Job 4:17. Job is suffering and believes it to be unjust. His friend Eliphaz shows up and says this, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?” You see it’s easy to blame God or to question His goodness, but when we do this, we make ourselves out to be more righteous and more pure than He is. And we know that can’t be right. So our frustration and anger continue to percolate under the surface of our hearts.

Children can not know the hurt of a parent who makes choices that will bring pain into their lives. They don’t have the perspective of time or experience. Yet we say ‘no’ sometimes; we discipline and sometimes punish. We delay and, on occasion even allow misery because even though we are flawed humans, we know what is best for our children. We do love them. God has a perspective that is eternal while ours is temporal. He perfect in love, we are flawed in love. He is full of wisdom, while ours is spotty at best. He is altogether Holy and we are holy only in Him. We can’t know, see or imagine the love that drives Him.

The Old Book says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). If ever a man was good, God is better. If we were ever patient, He is more so. If we can forgive an offense, He forgives more of them and more often. We get frustrated by His answers, or lack of answers, in about three questions. Yet he answers, forgives, disciplines, praises and blesses us countless times always in perfect love… even when it hurts us. Please watch this video and remember… Think noble things of God.

telemicus out

1 Responses to Think Noble Things of God

  1. cindy smith says:

    This is supreme. Well written. Much needed and so true. Thanks for reminding us. People should know the true nature of our good and perfect Father. Bravo!!

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