Previously, we established that Man has a default challenge in dealing with God; He thinks of God as if He were a man. And whilst the reasoning behind that is understandable, it’s not generally a profitable manner of approach.
This is why, God several times when he interfaces with man, first establishes his ‘God-ness’, so that He can establish the proper perspective in man.
We also said that man, in dealing with that which he believes exists but can’t see, often times represents that unseen with an image based on that which he can see, in his attempt to relate with the unseen.
Now we turn to the next step. Why does God do what he does? If possible, I would like you to quickly answer that question in your minds. Perhaps go a step further and write it in the comments section below.
At different times in scriptures, God has presented different reasons why He did what he did or planned to do. But in all I think there are a handful of overarching reasons that undergird his actions.
But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.Psalms 115:3 (NASB)
Our God is in the heavens, doing as he chooses.Psalms 115:3 (CEV)
The LORD does all that pleases Him in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and in all their depths.Psalms 135: 6
All the peoples of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does as He pleases with the army of heaven and the peoples of the earth. There is no one who can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?'”Daniel 4:35
So what do we find here? We find that one reason why God does what He does is that it pleases Him to do so.
That’s sound a bit simplistic, I know, and there is a common rebuttal to this truth. People immediately look at the challenges around us in our world – the deaths, the poverty, the abuses and the wickedness – and ask “Does this all please God? And if He is displeased why hasn’t He done anything about it?” Plenty issues.
It’s one of the reasons why whenever things go wrong or outcomes are unpleasant, men hold God responsible. This holds true even in places and for for men that do not believe in His existence.
On the other hand, I find it quite comforting that life as we know it is not random. And that in all the pain, sorrow and what not, the story doesn’t end there; there is a God working and ensuring that things on earth turn out in ways that are pleasing to him.
God does that which pleases him. An important implication of this truth is that there are no hidden agendas with God. There is no trick, there is no subterfuge. Man can’t badger God or force Him to act in a manner that is not consistent with his pleasure. God is not a pleasure seeking being. He doesn’t seek to please men, so Man can’t use God to attain his own ends.
That it is pleasing to God does not make it pleasurable. It does mean that ultimately the ends of God will be met, and in them we would find that we couldn’t have done a better job even if we wanted to. Remember God is not a man, so don’t think of him as one.
To be continued.