Understanding God’s will – man’s catch-22

Ron: Sometimes I get in a hurry and forget to simply see what God is doing and not griping about what I want him to be doing! This article by George Iskaros found on the franthony.com site helps me understand when I want to know “WHY?”

Why? The three letter question that is seemingly impossible to answer. Many times in life, whether in good, but usually in bad, circumstances, we just stop and ask— Why God? Why did you let this happen or why didn’t you let that happen?

You can spend hours, days, years, even a lifetime driving yourself crazy to find a complex answer to such a simple question. And it isn’t a new question— it goes back thousands of years to the story of Job. But at the conclusion of your quest for an answer, no definitive answer can be found. And typically when we can’t find an answer to a question, we feel angry, sad, hopeless, unmotivated and/or belittled.

So why can’t we find an answer?  Because we, as humans, are LIMITED.

We are limited in our knowledge, in our reasoning and in our understanding. God has a divine plan that transcends comprehension by the human mind— how can we humans dare to rationalize a divine plan created by an infinite, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal and all-knowing God?

The two biggest disconnects are the knowledge disconnect and the temporal disconnect.

THE KNOWLEDGE DISCONNECT
God is all-knowing, while we are extremely limited in knowledge and even further limited by understanding. Of the universe of knowledge, we know an infinitely small amount of it. In addition, we can’t explain a lot of the things we do know when you start to peel the skin off the onion. We all know about cars—after all, we use them our entire lives. But most of us don’t understand and can’t explain the intricacies of a car: how the parts work together, the science of the engine and how it runs, etc.

If we cannot understand something we use every single day, how then can we understand the will of an infinitely knowledgeable God?

THE TEMPORAL DISCONNECT
The second disconnect is related to time. God exists outside of time, while we are bound to the years of our lives—which are, no matter how long, negligible relative to eternity. This further amplifies our dilemma. Of the universe of knowledge, we know an infinitely small amount of it, and out of the infinitely small amount, we understand a tiny fraction of it, and of that tiny fraction, our understanding of it is further bound…. Continue reading

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