Welcome 2022!

His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts

Isaiah 55: 8-9

A philosopher once said, ‘If there is a God, he must be a devil’. He was of course, referring to the perennial issue of suffering and misery in this world. Why would a good and loving God allow such evil to happen?

I’m not planning to address the problem of suffering right now, but this idea of God being somehow ‘faulty’ really got me thinking. Imagine we die and finally get to ‘meet our maker’, as it were, and He turns out to be just as defective as we are! What a horrible and ghastly thought! Our faith in God hinges on the idea of a being totally other than ourselves i.e. above pettiness or morality. God is the Supreme Being, and if the Supreme Being is flawed then what’s the point of carrying on?

Fortunately, we have the reassurance of the gospels that this isn’t the case. John tells us quite clearly that:

The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only son from the Father. (John 1)

Christ was ‘full of grace and truth’, he was not like the others around him, he really was above all pettiness and man-made rules and the ‘religiosity’ that impeded his work. John knew this man personally and made it his mission to write down what he knew about Jesus so that others would come to understand and believe it too.

What would we do without Christ? He is the example of a human being who was flawless – that doesn’t mean he was like a robot – far from it! He too experienced the emotions that we all have to battle with, and he also suffered dreadful pain and disappointment (remember how, during his hour of agony, his closest friends fell asleep?). But Christ shows us how we could be and how we will be, once we have ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’.

John furthermore reassures us when he records Jesus’ amazing and mind-blowing words in John 15: I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit..‘ This God is pure and if we ‘abide in Him’ we too can know this state of being – a new ‘frame of mind’ which often seems to go against all our natural ‘human’ inclinations. For example, we are suddenly able to forgive those who have done wrong to us, or love those we previously may have found unlovable. It elevates us to a higher level.

Thus we are reassured that God really can’t ever let us down. Everything else is bound to evaporate or disappoint us in the end – not God! His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts – Praise God for that!

So I want to wish everyone a wonderful 2022 and to keep focusing on the fact that, despite appearances to the contrary, there really is a God of Love who weeps to see people suffer and will be with us in all the hard times and the good ones. And this God may direct your paths this year in ways that you have never imagined!

8 thoughts on “Welcome 2022!

  1. A beautiful blog showing how pathetic we are and how pure the Saviour is. John is my favourite scripture and if you believe in Jesus it can transform your soul.

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  2. Excellent blog Dom. You came upon a problem that we mortal humans have. It’s the mortal mind that makes us question thing that we see going on about us, suffering, misery, acts of violence etc. Life is one big test but we do need to hold on to the belief that there is a source of creation, GOD, and He knows what is going on.

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  3. Happy New Year all! Thanks Dom, reading this the following scripture popped into my head, ‘what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’ God bless you all.

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    1. Well Pemh that is really incredible because I was literally just reading that verse! I was just noticing that Paul quotes Isaiah , but Isaiah uses the word ‘wait’ rather than ‘love’ indicating that waiting shows our love for God. If we wait for God rather than rushing in ourselves – the results will be astounding. So waiting is therefore KEY in our relationship with the Lord! Great stuff pemh and thankyou for all your wonderful contributions!

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