God would never…
How would you complete that phrase?
Sometimes Christians define the limits of what God will or will not do. I appreciate that this is often a well-meaning attempt to protect orthodoxy or to preserve Scriptural truth, but God frequently colors outside of the lines that his people have drawn for him.
Job’s friends said God would never allow a righteous man to suffer as Job was suffering. They argued that Job must have sinned to deserve his terrible fate. Job acknowledged his misery, but he continued to trust in God and did not believe he was being punished for sin. Turns out that Job had the better theology.
The prophet Jeremiah had the frustrating and dangerous task of warning Judah of coming judgment. Popular prophets of the day were sure that God would never allow the destruction of Jerusalem or the temple. They were wrong.
First century Jews had sketched an outline of the promised Messiah. He would be a royal figure and would restore the political nation of Israel. And he most certainly would not have been from Galilee. God would never raise up a prophet from Galilee.
Jesus himself taught his disciples that he would be killed and would rise again. They said, “God would never do that!”
Oh yes He would.
These are some of the lines God has drawn for Himself.
His will never renege on his promises.
We are secure within the limits that God has given us, but he is under no obligation to stay within the lines we draw for Him. In fact, he seems to delight in exposing our lines as false limits on his power and authority.
Do you see God color outside of the lines that his people draw for Him?
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said, ‘Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.'” Job 38:1-4