By Pastor Mark Quick
It’s our nature to question the actions, non-actions, decisions, non-decisions and timing of God. We are in need of a breakthrough and being stuck in the waiting room feels frustrating. Your peace in the storm, however, comes from being anchored in faith toward the mind and person of God.
You’ve probably heard of “insider trading” on the news. Usually it is in the context of someone being prosecuted amid some major investing scandal. Insider trading is defined as: “the buying or selling of a security by someone who has access to material nonpublic information about the security.” In simpler terms, this trader has access to and acts upon information not available to the regular investor. It’s not always illegal, but illegal insider trading is what we usually hear about.
Imagine how much more successful your investment activity would be if you had access to internal boardroom conversations, the thoughts and plans of company executives and had a way to see into the future and know what market conditions are coming. What if, knowing what you know now, you could time travel back to the start of Apple Corporation and invest a few dollars in its stock? Wow.
Consider God’s statement in Isaiah 46:9-10, “Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure …”
We humans love to question and second guess God. We humans love to character assassinate God. “If He is good, why does He allow evil?” We ask questions along the lines of, “Does God hear me or care about my dilemma?” I could go on.
Take a step back though. Imagine with me that you as a being possess and embody within yourself, independent and transcendent of anything:
- Perfect wisdom.
- Perfect mercy.
- Perfect love.
- Perfect knowledge.
- Perfect justice.
- Perfect power.
- That you are utterly and completely – Perfect … Perfect … Perfect!
If I knew everything that could possibly be known – past, present and future; If I were the absolute embodiment of love, justice, mercy and kindness; If I were able to do absolutely and totally anything I willed without hindrance … How might that affect my decision-making?
Our gripes against God are like preschoolers complaining about their doctorate level teacher forcing them to learn their letters. We’d rather be out on the playground. But we preschoolers lack perspective. We need to know our letters!
Remember that whatever God does for you, to you, through you or in you … whatever God does not do … It all is born out of His absolute perfection.
So be at rest.