Our way or the Highway

I find it so incredibly sad that our own thoughts, expectations, and beliefs usually get in the way of the truth.

Take Jesus’ first coming for example.

For 4000 years God gave his people prophecy after prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. But when the time came, God’s chosen people rejected the one God himself had sent.

Jesus was not what the people were expecting. He was not the high ranking official or king that they were hoping for. He was not the authority figure they had imagined, or they ruler they wanted. And the captivity Jesus came to set the people free from was not the rule of the Roman Empire, but rather from being help captive by Satan’s lies and the rule of the Pharisees.

Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews were expecting, however, that doesn’t change the fact that he was the Messiah.

Even though every event, action, and figure was recorded in the prophecies; even though God had given these prophecies to his people so they would be able to recognize the way in which he works, God’s people still rejected the way, truth and life. They chose to hold onto their misguided thoughts, expectations, and beliefs, instead of seeking understanding and accepting the truth.

God has given us his word so that we can know him, his plans and purposes, and the way he works. After seeing what happened at the time of the first coming, why do so many Christians still insist that God works according to their thoughts, expectations, and beliefs?

When are we going to realize that our way of doing things is not the way God does things, and our way of thinking is not the way God’s thinks (Isaiah 55:8-9). When are we, as Christians, going to humble ourselves and realize that God is fulfilling his word today, even though it might not be the way we expected, thought, or hoped it would be. When are we going to stop saying to God, “Our way of the highway!”

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Acts 5:34-39

“But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men . . . I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

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2 thoughts on “Our way or the Highway

  1. I really like this passage in Acts 5. It is so easy to read scriptures and judge the ignorance of the chosen people. I always thought the Israelites were unwise and silly to be grumbling in the desert when they had just been delivered from captivity. Recently I found myself grumbling for something church related that I had to do. Then I realised that we as believers can be these unwise grumbling people who do not trust in God’s plans wholeheartedly or even recognize what his good and perfect will is. Now days when I read these kinds of passages instead of judging their behavior I ask myself why they might have acted that way, would I have not done the same thing and what can I do to avoid being the silly, ignorant, unwise and condemning believer like these people were and the best answer I can come up with so far is that I must look at my actions and see if they are condemning and cursing anybody and am I examining the scriptures intently with repentence from the heart and fervent prayer that I might not be the ignorant one and that I might not have preconceived ideas about the second coming. Thank you for bringing this lesson I had learned to mind with this blogpost!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. It is so easy to start grumbling sometimes. The best thing we can do instead of judging, like you said, is learn from the mistakes of the past. That way we can make sure we do not make the same mistakes – reminds me of 1 Cor 10:11.
      If we keep examining the scriptures earnestly and with a repentant heart and God will be faithful to grant us understanding and wisdom.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

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