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"Who Does He Think He Is?"

September 30, 2003

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The Lord said to Job: "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!" Job 40:1-2

Have you ever asked questions like these: Why is God doing this to me? Why did God make me like this? Why doesn't He answer my prayers? In effect we may be saying: He has no right to do this. Who does He think He is?

When we question the wisdom, goodness, or fairness of God, we put ourselves in the position of judge. How limited our knowledge is! How often we are wrong! Yet we expect God to follow our instructions and measure up to our expectations.

God doesn't answer our faultfinding questions. We couldn't understand His reasons. His thoughts are as far above ours as the heavens are above the earth, the prophet Isaiah declares.

Being sure of certain unchanging truths helps us cope with our unanswerable questions. God is wisdom. He makes no mistakes. He knows all things, even the future. God is love. Christ's cross is permanent proof of that. Whatever He wills is always best. God is all powerful. He is in control. God is just. Evil only appears to win. In all things our Lord works for good with those who love and trust Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, when we ask why, move us also to ask what. What do You want us to learn? What are we to do? O Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 47-49    Romans 9:1-15

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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