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Exactly Like You

Something we often all find ourselves doing at some point in life is trying to make God exactly like us. There are many people who have their own personal god who they have created and believe to be God. As Isaiah notes, we cannot think like God. Even so, we tend to believe we know what He would think was best, how He is always going to act, His preferences, etc. If we think a certain way about a person, He must as well. If we lean towards a particular plan or agenda, so would He agree. This is dangerous.

We can only declare what the Word tells us about God. The Bible is Truth. Whenever a statement starts off with, “God thinks” or “God believes,” be hesitant to instantly believe what follows. Seek the truth for yourself. The Bible does provide us with a doorway into the heart of God. Still, we won’t know everything, and we cannot “think for God” and decide what He would say or think or how He would act. He’s above all—and that means you too!

The Psalmist notes in Psalm 50 that the people were thinking that because God was silent, He must be just like the people. He was okay with the sin since He wasn’t chiming in and declaring it wrong. How foolish for us to consider His patience as tolerance or acceptance. How foolish for us to even consider this dishonoring of God would be accepted. But then again, if we look at the personal gods we often construct, it is easy to see we do the same thing.

We are made in the image of God. We share in many attributes of God. Even so, He is holy, perfect, and good at all times. He is not exactly like you. He is awesome, mighty to save, compassionate, and above all. Take some time to get to know Him today. Dig into His Word and get to know the Great I AM!

“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.” – Psalm 50:21 [NIV]

You Have No Idea

It says in today’s passage, “You have no idea how God works.” This statement was made by Jesus to Peter. Like many Jews at that time, Peter had a very different understanding of the Messiah. But this message can be said of us many times as well.

Too often we try to put things in God’s mouth, we try to say how God thinks, and yet we have no idea how He works apart from His Word and what He shows us through the Spirit. When you encounter something that is not clearly spelled out in the Bible, there is no way to say, “God says…,” just as there is no way to predict how God will move in a situation. There are many He might perhaps possibilities, but are you for certain?

Let us agree that we serve an amazing indescribable God. Let us remind ourselves today that we do not always know what God is doing or how He is works, but we can always trust in Him.

 

“But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. ‘Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.'” – Mark 8:32-33 [MSG]

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