God’s Choices

It’s a bit hard to understand why God does what He does.  There is no shortage of ‘experts’, however, who are willing to write books, give lectures, and teach classes that apparently know exactly why and how God does what He does.  They are mostly wrong, or at least misled.  The truth is that how and why God does what He does is largely a mystery, but is not completely unknown.

To pull this into perspective let’s take a solid example.  In Acts 16 we see Paul and Silas in Philippi, where they are tied and beaten.  The scripture actually says ‘many stripes’, so it was not a light beating.

“And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:”

Later that night as Paul and Silas are praying and singing, they are delivered from the prison.  Now, here is where it gets interesting.  Although they are delivered from prison, and help get the jailor and his family saved, Paul and Silas’ wounds are not healed.  How do we know this?  Because in this scripture:

“And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

If Paul and Silas were healed of their wounds then why would the jailor ‘wash their stripes’?

But, the mystery does grow deeper.  Later in the book of Acts we read,

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”

So, Paul had the gift of healing, but could not heal himself.

While there are many explanations, I think the best might be something like this:

“When God performs healings or miracles there are specific purposes that only He completely understands.  In some cases we might see the reasons, but in others, the reasons are hidden from our view.”

What God does, and what He does not do, are not completely understood by anyone on this side of heaven.  But, rest assured – there is a reason and purpose behind everything God does, and doesn’t do.

If we cannot know how God will act then why should we waste our time praying?  Why pray for something that might never happen?

Good question, and I’m probably not qualified to answer that one.  All I can tell you is about myself.

Every night I pray a special prayer for believers who are suffering.  The suffering may be physical, mental, financial, relationship, the need for food, clothing, clean water.  The suffering may be at the hands of tyrants or oppressors.  The suffering may be from their own mistakes and choices.  Regardless – I pray for them.  Some might say this is a useless prayer, as it is too general, and tries to cover to many cases.  I would argue, “How do you know it is useless?  Only God can judge if my prayer is useless or fruitless.”  I believe there are results to my prayers, not because I’m anyone special or gifted, but because I have faith in someone who is greater than me, and know His compassion and mercy.

What is my point?  My point is simply this – don’t try and understand how and why God does what He does.  It is only important to have faith in his ability and to know that your prayers and labors are not in vain.

One Response to “God’s Choices”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Wow! Every Christian needs to be reminded of the content of this blog! Excellent and I felt encouraged as I read the words. Great food for thought. All we have to do is trust Him! Thank you for the blessing you are…..

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