How many of you would openly say, “I think God messed up here.” Probably very few. But how many of you have ever thought to yourself, “Are you sure, God?” I would venture to guess a few more.
Today in my study, I read about Elohim, God as Creator. There were two passages of Scripture that hit me the hardest as a read. The first is from Exodus 4.
10 Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ex 4:10-12
Here Moses is describing to God his “flaws,” and how these flaws will keep him from fulfilling God's purpose in his life. In verse 11 God remindes Moses that He is the one who creates man, and it is Elohim who creates man with the things we would call flaws or defects. That God would openly admit to this can be a bit shocking at first. We often want to call things like Janie's enlarged kidney a fluke or an accident. But here me, friends, God did not mess up! God is very clear here that He is intentional about the way that He creates us and that in His power we can fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. Psalm 139 is a passage I reference often talking about God's intricate hand in creating each of us.
If we look at a New Testament example of this conversation we see the disciples quizzing Jesus about a man who is blind from birth. The story is in John 9. Here's how the coversation goes.
As he [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Jn 9:1-3
The truth we learn from these two passages is that God does not mess up. God creates on purpose with purpose. Whatever you are facing that has you thinking God messed up is not an accident.
If we look at each of these passages again we can see just what we should do when we are doubting the purpose of God…when we think He has messed up
. In Exodus 4:13 we see God's answer to Moses' complaint. God says He will step in and help Moses speak. God will fill in where we are lacking. In John 9, Jesus explains that God has created opportunities to take what we see as a mistake and use it to display His work in our lives.
So today, as I hold my baby girl knowing that her kidney is enlarged and isn't functioning properly, I can still praise God. I can praise Him that this isn't an accident. I can praise Him because He created her, and I know that He can heal her. I can praise Him because He can use this to show off His work! And I can praise Him because He already knows how He is going to remedy this situation.
What in your life has you thinking, “Are you sure you meant _______ to be this way, God?”
What truth can you hold on to today regarding this situation?
What can you praise God for in this situation?
At the end of my lesson in my study I was asked to write out a prayer of worship to my Creator. I would encourage you to do the same.
Thanks for joining with me on this journey. I'd love to hear what God is teaching you along the road.