Therein Is Peace

For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Is 55:9

As hard as it may be to believe, I am not God.  The older I become, the more I realize I really don’t know much at all.  I am not apologizing for my faith in God, or His Son, Jesus Christ, but I do apologize and ask God’s forgiveness for my arrogance as a professed Christian.  I could have said things, and acted in ways, more reflective of an attitude of graciousness and longsuffering, even as God has shown me grace and longsuffered my stubborn addictions to this world.  God forgive my hypocrisy.  A puritan writer once wrote (and I paraphrase), ‘There is little solace to a man who is in hell to think of those yet alive who believe he is gone to heaven.’ Indeed, God’s thoughts are not my thoughts; what I believe to be true is not necessarily but what I live is necessarily. For His ways are not the natural ways of men; but are of the supernatural. 

Why do I write such things?  Because God is not a cause; though to live His life is virtuous.  Man was God’s cause; one that He shed His Son’s life for.  We do not stump for Him; nor is His rule bound by term limits.  He is not elected; but we all should pray to fall within the elect.  True Christians understand the nature of man and pray for God’s continued patience and for man’s repentance.  We understand diversity but through unity, and unity is understood through the Holy Scriptures, which reveals what little God chose to make known to us.  Christians must act, even as the Apostle Paul, who knew and proclaimed his rights as a citizen of Rome.  Equally, we must prayerfully and powerfully seek the wisdom and grace of God and proclaim our citizenship and voice.  But we must do so understanding that God’s ways are not our ways; and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  Therein is the peace that surpasses all understanding.