First posted on March 11, 2010. Lord willing, our vacation is coming to an end and we’re on our way home as this is posted. I am praying as I prepare this on Aug. 10 that I will have kept up the good and helpful discipline of devotions throughout my vacation. What a mistake it would have been to have all this ‘time’ and not spent it in his word for real help and refreshment!
I am using the One-Year Tract Bible Reading Plan to help me read through the Bible this year.
For March 9, there was this stunning, breathtaking reality right next to each other in the readings from Luke 23 and Job 38:
Luke 23:44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
Job 38: Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.”
We are as nothing before God. How did we ever conceive of the idea that we could question God or his motives or his authority? We were not there when he created all things, and we didn’t (and don’t) have the power to do what God can do.
But Jesus was there.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Father gave us Jesus. He who knew no sin became sin so that his righteousness could be given to us. And that Jesus, knowing what he would experience in obedience to the Father, shouted at the most critical moment of all, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Jesus knew he could trust his Father.
This is overwhelming.
We cannot compare to God on any level. ’I do not do the good I want’ (Romans 7:19), while God “has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever” (2 Corinthians 9:9).
And this God with that power to create out of nothing who grants us a savior we don’t deserve and a righteousness we could never, ever earn – this is the God we are ready to judge because he creates some who will live with a disability?
The One who has infinite knowledge, wisdom, power, authority, righteousness, holiness and justice should somehow subordinate himself to us because our puny, finite, limited sense of fairness says that God should only behave a certain way regarding disability?
We think we have that right to judge this God? Based exactly on what?