Does God Understand?

August 1, 2013

Does God Understand?

            Some say, “God needs to understand that, in my situation my sin is justified.” Many try to bring God down to man’s level and think of him as a loving grandfather who will say, “He’s a pretty good boy in spite of the fact that he is mischievous.” It’s true that God is love.  He is a loving father, but he is also just and righteous.  He cannot and will not change his standards to approve of our situation.

Let’s take the case of a father who, for some time has been without work. He goes out to steal.  He says, “In my situation, God should understand.  I’m obligated to take care of my family.  If the police arrest me, they may not understand, but surely God will.”  Sometimes a judge will be forgiving, but most often they go by the law books.  Do we have a right to expect that God should be more forbearing than human laws?

It’s true that God is love.  He is merciful.  He is willing to forgive.  At the same time, he has revealed what he expects of us.  Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  If we expect to benefit from the goodness of God, we must humble ourselves and submit to his divine standards.  The mercy of God is for those who fear him.  “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him” (Psalm 103:11).

Some find themselves in a family situation that does not conform to God’s standards.  Some, for example, are in a common law marriage with one or more children.  Since one of them had been legally married and separated, they can’t get married.  What should they do?  It isn’t
easy to undo what has been done wrong in the past.  For the wellbeing of the children, it isn’t wise to say they should separate.  They need to recognize that they are living outside God’s revealed will.  If they have accepted Christ as their Savior and have the assurance that they are saved, they should ask for God’s forgiveness for the mistakes they have made.  If they humbly confess their situation to other believers, they should accept them as brothers and sisters in Christ.  That doesn’t mean they give their approval of what they are doing.  With God, all things are possible.  The first step in correcting their situation is to take the legal action of divorce.  After that, they can legally marry.  If there wasn’t a previous marriage, then all they need to do is get married legally.   If they refuse to do so, then other believers should feel the need to obey what God says in II Thessalonians 3:6. “Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly.”

Friend, don’t think that God will understand and look with favor on you if your conduct doesn’t meet with divine approval.  God is holy.  He would be inconsistent if he put his approval on that which he says is wrong.  God doesn’t ask the impossible of us.  I John 5:3 says, “His commandments are not grievous.” That’s true for those who love him and want to do his will.

Instead of asking God to understand us, we need to try to understand him.  His divine standards are for the harmony of, and the wellbeing of the human race.  The farther we depart from them, the more chaos and human suffering there is. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).




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