The Failure of God
Sep 06, 2010 by Jim Means | 0 Comments
As Christians, most of us have been taught numerous falsehoods, particularly about God. One of those mistruths is “God never fails.” Wrong. God does fail at times. He fails to keep His children comfortable. He fails to do everything we think He should do. He fails to dispose His power to our capricious whims. He fails to change His sovereign purposes to please our fickle desires. These failings, however, must not alter our devotion to a God whose wisdom is superior to ours. Eventually we will see that God’s eternal purposes are incomparably good for us.
Of course, in the more important things God does not fail. The provision of God is adequate for our pilgrimage. God does not fail to see, know, understand, care, love, and ultimately to work all things “in conformity with the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). His love is constant, though sometimes unfelt. His presence is assured, though sometimes He feels far away. His plan is good, though sometimes we hurt. For this present time we see dimly, mere faint outlines of all God’s purposes and plans. Yet we believe passionately that His ways are better and His thoughts are higher than our own. Our understanding is not crucial. It is our faith in the person, the goodness, and the sovereignty of God that is the great, indispensable necessity. Many of us find ourselves pleading with the Lord as did the father of the demon-possessed boy in Mark chapter nine: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”