When I think of the word ‘justified’ in terms of people being justified, I understand it to mean that they’re made right in God’s sight, by God. When I think of the word ‘justify’ as in, “I can justify my actions,” it means that I will provide reasons or excuses in an effort to prove myself right.
God doesn’t need to be justified; He already is. All He is and all He does is legitimate and right by virtue of the fact that He is God. He may have other reasons for what He does, but that He is God is reason enough on its own.
Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
This post is somewhat of a part 2 to my previous post, Sovereign, Powerful and Justified in all He Does. I hope to expand on my point that God is indeed justified in all He does.
Perhaps I feel the need to elaborate because this has been an ongoing lesson for me over the past week. And it’s been huge!
Can you imagine it? Can you fathom it?
- There is no one who can come to God and rightfully demand anything of Him.
- There is no one who can challenge Him.
- There is no one higher than Him who can control or contain Him.
- There is no one who can instruct Him or tell Him something that He didn’t already know.
Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,
or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
He is it. Supreme.
There is no one higher than Him, or equal to Him. Not nearly.
Do you see why this was such a game-changer for me?
The God Who conceals matters
I’m currently praying about a number of things that confuse me. How should I invest my future? How can I truly dedicate my writing to God? How do I be motivated by a holy, healthy fear of Him, and yet act out of love for Him at the same time? How can I be a good steward of the many gifts with which He has blessed me?
I said, along with the prophet Isaiah, “Truly, You are a God who hides Yourself, Oh God of Israel, the Savior.”
He conceals from me the answers to these questions. Some of them, I want to know really, really badly. Since He is the only one who knows the answers completely, this causes me to crawl to Him in an act of dependence. It causes me to profess my need and insufficiency before Him, the all-wise God.
It inspires awe in me. It astounds me. He knows it all – even the matters that so confound me. Thus, it brings Him glory to conceal things from me that I might be amazed by Him.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
The God Who reveals Himself
He knows everything and I can’t demand that He tell me. All I can do is seek Him with all my heart, in humility. For although He hides Himself for His glory’s sake, He also promises that we won’t seek Him in vain…
I have not spoken in secret,
from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
I declare what is right.
…and that we will find Him when we seek Him with all our heart.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
This does not necessarily mean that He will give me the answers to all my questions. Indeed, He knows them all, but He is justified to reveal or conceal them as He pleases.
What this does mean is that as I seek Him in a state of deep dependence, He will reveal more and more of Himself to me as He sees fit. I will get to know Him on a deeper and more intimate level.
Whether you’re a born again believer or not, if you feel God calling to you to seek Him, I encourage you to respond. Seek Him with all your heart. You’ll find Him faithful to reveal Himself to you in His timing.
Let us seek God for the sake of knowing God, and not as the means to some other end.
- What are some questions that you would ideally like answers to?
- What are some of the smaller gifts – along with answers to burning questions – that tend to distract you from seeking God as the end?
- What does it mean to seek God?
Resources for deeper digging
Psst! For more on:
- Why God’s will isn’t always clear, read this article of that title.
- The God of the Bible being the only God and Savior, have a read through Isaiah 45:14-25