Romans 11:22 (NIV)
“Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to
those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his
kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”
We are compelled to consider both!
If we don’t know and teach both sides
of God’s nature then we malign His character and build an idol to
worship just like Aaron did when he made the golden calf for the
people while Moses was gone talking with God. Without thinking right about God, we are quick to make He who is infinite, more manageable and therefor we are led into making God into our image, an image we can control.
We get frustrated when we have unfulfilled expectations, which turns to anger when we unsuccessfully try to force our will to come to pass. When God doesn’t fit our image and low understanding, we can easily get mad at God.
Thinking rightly about God will help us place God above our will and beyond our own image.
Romans 11:33-36 (NIV)
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”*
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.