• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 7, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 21-23

Job 21:14

Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

Truer words were never spoken. Job nailed it. He framed the truth as Proverbs 25:11 recommends ... A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. In just a simple statement Job summed up the source of most problems. Which is...we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

Perhaps Isaiah 55:8-9 is the key to understanding why humans seem to push God away, and not desire His ways. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. In this statement it is clear that with all our understanding we cannot understand His ways. The way of them nor the why of them. Because we do not understand we fear, and within us is the natural desire to flee, or defend, anything or anyone we do not understand.

Few there are that from a sincere, humble, and earnest heart truly desire the ways of God over the ways of their own understanding. I understand as a man that if someone hits me once, they will likely hit me again, therefore, to stop from being hit, I strike back in an attempt to end a possible beating. But God's way is to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). My way is to keep all I earn, His way is to Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38) My way is to only do that which I am required to do, but His way is to go the second mile (Matthew 5:41). My way is to work my way to Heaven, His way is found in Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Given all the great differences between our ways and God's ways, it is no wonder that Matthew 7:13 is in the book. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Yes, most care not for God's narrow way, therefore they push Him away, and choose not to live according to His ways.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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