Sunday, May 25, 2014

God's Topsy-Turvy Ways!


How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Rom. 11:33) 

God's ways are topsy-turvy to the world's ways. A few examples: God exalts the humble, but the world exalts the proud. God ascribes greatness, not to masters, but to servants. God is impressed, not with noise or size or wealth, but with quiet things. . . . done in secret---the inner motives, the true heart condition. God sends away the arrogant and the rich empty-handed, but He gathers to Himself the lowly, the broken, the prisoner, the prostitute, the repentant. The world honors the handsome and the gifted and the brilliant. God smiles on the crippled, the ones who can't keep up. All this makes the world nervous. 

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship: "And so the disciples are strangers in the world, unwelcome guests, disturbers of the peace. No wonder the world rejects them!" 

Simple Faith 

To the non-believing, non-following people of this world, God's ways will be a major obstacle and stumbling block. When Jesus walked among us, His modus operandi was foolishness to the Jewish people of His time. Full speed ahead to our time, Jesus continues to be the most misunderstood Person of all time. Jesus is essentially a stumbling block to so many people (Christian and non-christian alike). Yes, you read that right. Jesus (God) still confuses many Christians today. Before you jump the gun and try to bite my head off with the above comment, it's important to note that the confusion spoken of is not the type of confusion that Satan inflicts upon people. The point of contention in why so many Christians are still confused about God today is because of the lack of understanding of Who God is. Many of us (including myself) may know alot about God, but not exactly know Him in His entirety. 

The secret in understanding God's topsy-turvy ways is Jesus Himself. With Jesus, the topsy-turvy ways of God are straighten. Granted, Jesus' way is dramatically narrower, not wider. Jesus' ways were not even widely accepted by the religious authority of His time (Pharisees). God's ways are not widely accepted by the many people who consider themselves Christians. That is what makes God's ways so topsy-turvy! Wouldn't you agree? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in your understanding of God's topsy-turvy ways! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-).