His Ways are not our Ways

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The Mother (Phylonoe) who is the dead woman for this 4th century B.C. grave stele in Athens, Greece in the National Museum is handing her child over to the woman who will raise her baby.  I found this to be a very sad memorial, but very beautiful.

 

Isaiah 55:8:  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Read 2 Samuel 12:1-24  In this story of King David, we find that David who was blessed by God and given great authority over his kingdom misused his authority for his own pleasure.  In his misuse of authority, David gave other people cause to blaspheme God, and this caused God’s penalty to David to be harsher than one would expect of the the crime.  Though the crimes of adultery and murder are extremely bad in and of themselves because of David’s great gifts much more was expected of him than of the average person.  So a harsher penalty was enacted to him because of his betrayal of God.  Please note that once David realized that God’s answer was No, the first thing he did was clean himself up and go to worship God.

Note:  Blasphemy is defined as speaking evil of God, or attributing evil to God, or denying God’s goodness, or God’s good actions, or in a nutshell, doing anything against God.

Luke 12:48 …from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

I know that some of the details of this story are very tough to understand and swallow, but the fact is that God is God and nothing that he doesn’t allow to happen will happen on this earth.  The thing is that God does not see things in the same view that we do.  We have very limited information, and God’s information is limitless.  God knows what choices we are going to make, but we don’t know the choices that we will make…learning what choices we will make in life are part of our journey to knowing ourselves and also to becoming more familiar and closer to God. It is a fact that our sins cost us in very painful and personal ways.  Our sins also cost God…he gave his son for our sins…so God is well aware of how David feels in this instance.  It says a lot for David’s relationship and faith in God that he gets up and goes to worship God, even when the answer that he wanted from God was not the answer he received.   David is described by God as a man who is after his own heart. (Acts 13:22)  Even after David’s sin, God still treated David as a man after his own heart….so much so that King David is included in the lineage of Jesus Christ.  This tells us very truly how much God loves us, and how absolute his forgiveness is for us when we have repented of our sins.

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