This weekend...in between bouts of January "spring cleaning"....I found three quotes that string together nicely. And so, in this post...I am stringing them.
I found two of them on annie's facebook feed. The other came from notes I was looking through....excerpts from a garage sale book I found a summer or two ago. Spiritual Notes To Myself by Hugh Prather. It was a quarter at the garage sale....totally worth
it. And now the quotes...
God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, "O Lord, Thou knowest." Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God's omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints ~ A W Tozer
Hmmmm...election, predestination, sovereignty….guess these things fit in the Psalm 139 too lofty for me category. At one point I wanted to know. Correction. At one point, I demanded to know. How His Sovereignty interplays with our will. The purpose of evil. Why is there suffering? At lot of stuff just does not seem fair in this physical realm. In fact, it seems downright unfair. Even though in life I haven't personally gotten the short end of the stick too many times, I can get pretty offended for those who have. And I still...ten years later....don't have definitive answers. Just a handful of theories, musings..... ponderings. Guess I am not theologian material...but I'm pretty sure I'm not nearing sainthood either.
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair ~ G K Chesterton
That does seem like a better plan since demanding answers is a bit like beating your head against a wall.
And the quote from Spiritual Notes To Myself?
Here I am moving from point A to point B to point C in a fog. But God gently replies "Take my hand and I will lead you out of the fog" Then I get stubborn and say, "you didn't answer my question."
We ask God which apple we should buy, and think divine Love leaves the one with the rotten core for someone else. We may even think God saves one or two from the crash and leaves all the other to burn to death. We actually believe that what favors our body is a sign of God's grace.
Do I really think god doesn't know my question? Hugh Prather
Of course he knows our questions. And in due time....when God deems us ready...he will will whisper the answers…..