Why do you lead us astray, LORD,
from your ways?
Why do you harden our heart
so we don’t fear you?
Return for the sake of your servants
the tribes that are your heritage!
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
A man's steps are from Yahweh; how then can man understand his way? 20:24
I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23
Could things be any other way than they are? Are we really in charge of our own actions, or is He sovereign over all? If all our days (or at least David's-Psalms 139) were written down before one came to pass, what does that make us?
This can be a contentious subject, I know, but it is something I have always wondered about. It is as if we are becoming aware that there is nothing good in us, that is in the flesh, but in a strange way, that is part of the plan, and not (for lack of a better term) our fault.
For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21
While listening recently to a testimony about how God saved someone from making a bad choice, I wonder, where was He in my bad choices? (that's what the flesh will wonder)...Doesn't He care about me? (of course I know He does, but we are only human after all). If it is so easy to stop us from sinning against Him, why doesn't He do it for everyone?
And what of the tragedies that are avoided and God gets the praise, but so many others get the tragedy instead of the miracle? Do we give God praise for the tragedy? What about our sins?
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1Thes 5:18
It's hard to explain, and bitter, yet wonderful. We work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, yet it really IS all of Him.
I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! Ecc 1:13
|Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?|