Saturday, August 10, 2013

Waiting for Rescue

This is you and me.
A princess safe in her castle, waiting for rescue.
We believe God will save us. But what kind of God do we wait for?

God drowns men.
He sends plagues.
He strikes men dead.
He opens the earth and burns them alive.
He exterminates whole families.
And all of these He does to Israel, who is His chosen,  just like us.

Does that make sense?
The Israelites thought so. This is what they said about their God:
The God of old is a refuge, a support in the arms of the Everlasting. Israel abides securely.--Deuteronomy 33:27-28

A refuge? Really? He sounds dangerously judgemental, rashly cruel. How does that work?
It works because He is God.
Don't expect to understand Him. By definition we can't, or He wouldn't be God.
Don't bother to second guess Him. He knows what we don't.
He only wants one thing from us:
This is the work of God: that you believe in Him whom He has sent.--John 6:28-29

Believe in the face of the unbelievable.
Believe when He makes me wait.
Believe that the God who struck down Saul is the same God who raised Lazarus.
No contradiction. No empty mercy. No megalomaniac cruelty.
He will not always do what we expect.
And because He does not, He remains God.


  1. This is so good! I've been reading thru the whole bible this year and you are right I had never realized just how 'bold' our God is. My sis said, "so how is the reading the bible thru in a year?" I said, "He's mean, just mean!"

    I know in my heart this is not true, but our Lord is LORD and He is God who does what He wants to do. It gave me a respect and fear I never felt before of my Jesus let me just tell you that.

    I've been saved since I was little and never read thru the bible like this. It was a new outlook yes it was.

    1. I know what you mean. I am always amazed by how many of us have never read the Old Testament. He, the God of Abraham and Moses, was Jesus' Father and He's ours, too. We need His perspective. Good for you. Hang in there.