If We Tune Into God’s Word We May More Easily See Truth.
We have all heard the expression, “stuff happens” in one form or another. This expression tends to imply that everything is random and that there is no way to know what causes something. Therefore, there is no personal responsibility.
This leads to a conclusion contrary to the verse in Proverbs 26:2 which states that things happen for a reason. Observing only from our limited perspective and understanding may lead us to wrongly blame God or attribute to bad luck those things that are actually within the Human Realm of responsibility and influence.
If we alter our point of view, we may more easily comprehend the true reality of a situation and discover that things don’t just happen without a cause. Our lifelong challenge is to stay in tune with truth and reality and thus avoid self-deception. The best way to accomplish this is to turn our attention to the understanding of God and His Word.
So, where do we go with this, and what is our next step in discernment?
God has been gracious to give us everything that we need to operate here on earth. Next to salvation through Jesus, one of the next most important gifts is truth from the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of John deals with this aspect of the Holy Spirit and provides us with a deeper understanding of God’s plan. Let’s read Jesus' words in John 16:13.
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
Let us then search the Truth, the Word of God, as Jesus states in John 17:17, to determine the reality of His nature, the truth of His purpose and dealings with us and our responsibilities.
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
Do you remember our discussion of science and the Big Bang? Science was not going to grapple with that difficult human question, “Where did the universe actually begin?” Instead, science has chosen to select a point at which they can state “this is ground zero” and endeavor to explain what happened from there. Albert Einstein, in all of his brilliance, found that his original Special Theory of Relativity did not fully explain some aspects, primarily the behavior of light and gravitation. Consequently, he had to modify it to the General Theory of Relativity. The dogmas of science have continually evolved, trying to understand the world around us. Although preached as absolute truth, they have been in constant flux, merely representing the current "best guess" to explain what is seen.
We must be careful to avoid a starting point of understanding God based on our "best guess" about Him that might be based on personal experience, prejudice, tradition, or religion. Because of a lack of knowledge of who God is and how He works, there have been many, many approaches that man has explored to understand and engage with God.
Our quest is to discover explanations for what we observe around us. However, our starting point must be defined by the Bible, the Word of God, and we must use it as our final authority on these and all matters to which it applies. The Word is God’s user or life manual for our existence, and it will do us well to heed its instruction. We may indeed have a problem with the concept presented in Proverbs 26:2 which states that “the curse does not come without a cause.” Does this verse really mean that every curse (negative circumstance) that comes into our lives must be internalized and be blamed on us individually? Are we required to always be that introspective and self-incriminating?
The simple, confusing answer is yes and no! So let’s get some understanding and look at what the curse is in Deuteronomy 11:26-28.
26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Later on, in Deuteronomy 28:1-66, God outlines the benefits (blessings) and problems (curses) that are associated with obedience and disobedience. We will discuss these in detail in a later chapter, but for now, let’s understand that God is making it very plain that disobedience carries with it effects that are not desirable and have potentially grave con- sequences. Furthermore, He explains in Deuteronomy 30:19 that the choice is in our hands.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
Everything that happens in this world has a cause and an effect.
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