[b]God Doesnt Work According To Human Logic[/b] - [i]Zac Poonen[/i]
This is a follow-up to last weeks article: Beware of
Missing God's Plan For Your Life
Like a bird with two wings one opposite to the other
that enables it to fly, two Biblical truths often look like
contradictions of each other. This is called a paradox. But
both opposites must be held together simultaneously, if we
are to understand the truth correctly. Only then will we be
able to fly - spiritually. Otherwise we will be earthbound -
The WHOLE truth is contained (as Jesus told Satan) in It is
written and in It is ALSO written (Matt.4:7).
If you have missed Gods perfect plan for his life through
disobedience, it doesnt mean that all hope is lost. You can
still be an overcomer if you believe that your Almighty
heavenly Father can do a miracle for you.
The Bible begins with two cases of failure that God turned
to amazing profit.
First: God created the heavens and the earth perfect. But
when some of the angels sinned, the earth became "formless,
empty and dark" (Gen.1:2). But God worked on that shapeless,
empty, dark mass and made something so beautiful out of it
that He Himself finally called it "Very Good" (Gen. 1:31).
The second case: God made Adam and Eve and had a perfect
plan for them. But they frustrated Gods plan by sinning.
But God came to the garden and promised them that the seed
of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. That was
a promise of Christ crushing Satan on Calvary.
But Christs death was part of Gods perfect plan from all
eternity. He is referred to as "the Lamb Who was slain from
the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). Yet we know that
Christ died only because Adam and Eve had sinned. So
logically speaking, we could say that Gods perfect plan to
send Christ to die for the sins of the world was fulfilled,
not despite Adams failure, but because of Adams failure!
We would not have known Gods love shown on Calvarys cross,
were it not for Adams sin!
This baffles our logic and that is why the Scriptures say
that we should "not lean on our own understanding" (Prov.
3:5). God doesnt work according to mathematical logic!!
When solving an arithmetic problem, if you make a mistake at
any step, the final answer will always be wrong. According
to such logic, if you missed Gods will at any time in your
past life, you cannot fulfil Gods perfect will now.
But God says "My ways are not your ways." (Isa.55:8,9). His
plan doesnt work according to mathematical logic. If it
did, then not a single human being would be able to fulfil
Gods perfect plan. For we have all failed God at some time
or the other. We have sinned even after becoming believers.
But the amazing truth is that there is still hope for every
one of us.
If God worked according to mathematical logic, then we would
have to say that Christs coming to the earth was Gods
second-best. But it would be blasphemous to say so.
What is the message that God is trying to get through to us?
Just this that God can take a man who has failed repeatedly,
and still make him fulfil His perfect plan.
This is because even the failure may have been part of Gods
perfect plan to teach him a few unforgettable lessons. This
may not be possible for human logic to grasp, because we
know God so little.
God can use only broken men and women. And one way He breaks
us is through repeated failures.
Genuine victory over sin is always accompanied by the
deepest humility. Repeated failures help to destroy our
self-confidence so that we are convinced that victory over
sin is impossible, apart from Gods enabling grace. Then,
when we do get victory, we will never boast about it.
Further, when we have failed repeatedly ourselves, we cannot
despise another who fails. We can sympathise with those who
have messed up their lives, because we have discovered the
weakness of our own flesh, through our own innumerable
falls. We can then "deal gently with the ignorant and
misguided, since we ourselves are beset with weakness" (Heb.
If you now say, "But I have messed up things so many times.
It is impossible for God to bring me into His perfect plan
now", then it will be impossible for God, because YOU do not
believe that He can do that for you.
Gods law is: "It will be done for you according to your
faith" (Matt. 9:29). We get what we have faith for. If we
believe that something is impossible for God to do for us,
then it will not be done for us.
On the other hand you will discover at the judgment seat of
Christ that another believer who had made a greater mess of
his life than you did, nevertheless fulfilled Gods perfect
plan for his life - because he believed that God could pick
up the broken pieces of his life and make something "very
good" out of it.
So all of us - young and old - can have hope, no matter how
much we may have failed in the past, if we will only
acknowledge our failures, humble ourselves and believe in
our wonder-working, Almighty Father.
Thus we can learn from our failures and fulfil Gods perfect
plan for our lives.
And in the ages to come, God will show us forth to others as
examples of what He could do with those whose lives were
total failures. He will show what He could do in us, through
the "surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in
Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:7). Hallelujah!
Amen and Amen.
Written by - Zac Poonen