Obeying when it doesn’t make sense is a struggle for me. Is it for you too?
In chapter 1 of Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God, Timothy Keller writes:
God created us to orbit around him, to center our lives on him. When God says, “Don’t eat, or you’ll die,” what is our first response? “Why?” But God doesn’t explain; if you obeyed God because you understood what he was doing and how it would benefit you, then you’d actually be stationary. You’d be saying, “Okay, it makes sense. I understand why I should obey and shouldn’t eat from that tree; yes, of course.” God would be a means to an end, not an end in himself.
God was saying, “Because you love me, don’t eat from the tree–just because I say so. Just to be in relationship with me. Obey me about the tree, and you will live” (p. 12).
Clearly, God and reason aren’t mutually exclusive. God gave us common sense, after all. Yet, if that’s what we are orbiting around, it becomes our god. And why wouldn’t our jealous God want to strip that away from us for a time?
All of this to say that that’s what I want to be: reasonable… but orbiting around Him rather than reason. What about you?
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A really insightful way to look at some of the things I don’t understand. Thank you!