Knowing God; April 24, 2022

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

The verses following this, particularly 30 and 31, are dearly loved and often quoted and set to music, but all that depends on this. Many people do act like they don’t know there’s an omnipotent Creator, and particularly one who knows and cares about them and what they do. They claim to be wise and yet flaunt their foolishness and willful ignorance. As David said, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1) The NIV includes a note that says, “The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.” Recently there has been a lot of uproar about a Twitter account called The Libs of Tiktok, that simply reposts things that others have put on the Internet proclaiming their position on various issues, particularly sexual/moral/political ones. Those so quoted certainly fit that definition in the Psalms! If there was any awareness of this verse, those people would at the very least not be proclaiming their foolishness! People don’t want to acknowledge an omnipotent God because they don’t want to go by His rules, not realizing that every one of His rules is for our good. It’s like Jesus said to Saul in his vision on the road to Damascus, “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (Acts 26:14) Rebelling against God doesn’t hurt Him, though it saddens Him, but it certainly hurts us! Because the devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy us, (John 10:10) he does his best to hide the truth of this verse from us. Once we really grasp this verse, along with John 3:16, we have entered a fortress the devil can’t penetrate. The problems come when we know this on one level but then act like we don’t on other levels. What we need is integrity, living out the truth we know and believe. The more we do that, the more we walk in the incalculable blessings God has prepared for us.

This of course applies to me. I was taught the reality of this verse from infancy, really, but I certainly can’t say I have walked in it 100%. I understand the mind games of those who deny God because I’ve played too many mind games of that sort myself. That sort of pride is always destructive! It is sad to see people destroying themselves, but it is angering to see them trying to take others with them. I am to speak the truth in love, understanding that sometimes love requires me to be very strong and forceful, even. That doesn’t fit the image most people have of Jesus, but at one point He made a whip of cords to drive the merchants out of the temple. (John 2:15) I’m not to look for such occasions, but I’m not to draw back from them either. I am never to think I am to oppose evil in my own strength, but totally depend on my omnipotent Creator. As James said, I am to submit to God and resist the devil, so that he will flee. (James 4:7)

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that the tide of willful ignorance seems to be turning, in the US at least. I do pray for all who are choosing to submit to You and resist the devil, not just that they would be bold and strong but that they would discover You more and more in the process, coming to a clear, pure faith for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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