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You Cannot Reason with God

by Dr. George Jacob Ph D

The Lord led Abraham in the way of human impossibility. The Lord had promised that Eliezer of Damascus would not be Abraham's heir, but "he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir," GEN 15:4. Yet after Abraham had dwelt in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, his wife, came to him and said, "Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai," GEN 16:2. This was human reasoning, not an act of faith. There is a distinction between human reasoning and an act of faith. Abraham went in unto her because the Lord had promised, but it was not fulfilled in the ten years they had been there. Verse 3 says, "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife."

Human reasoning was taking place, but "even now," after they had waited for twenty years, "even now" the Word of the Lord would stand. We see in GEN 17:15-16, "And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her." See Abraham's human reasoning and the difference between human reasoning and faith. Verse 17 says, "Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?" All human possibility was gone. He was physically unable to have children and so was she. His human reasoning said it was impossible. The Lord brought him to that point before He gave him Isaac. He brought Abraham to a place of total impossibility from a human standpoint.

Joseph was brought through ways of human impossibility. GEN 37:5-7 says, "And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf." This brought his brethren to hate him. Verse 8 says, "…And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words." In the face of this human impossibility, Joseph's brothers thought they would never see those dreams fulfilled. In GEN 37:20 they said, "Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams." His brethren were going to make it impossible for those dreams to come true. It was going to be an absolute human impossibility; they were going to slay him, then his dreams could never come true.

David was brought through human impossibilities. 1 SA 27:1 tells us, "And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand." David was going to escape because his human reasoning said that it was impossible to survive in Israel.

In the land of the Philistines, David was greatly distressed. He was at Ziklag and the city was burned. His wives and his children were gone and the wives and children of all of his men were gone. They had all been taken captive. Where was David going to stand? He was fleeing from Saul. David's own men talked of stoning him. How could he ever, ever come into the kingdom? How could he be maintained? Yet "…David encouraged himself in the LORD his God," 1SA 30:6.

All of this human reasoning has to be dealt with; the Lord will take away all human reasoning. From the human standpoint it may seem impossible, but the Lord wants to show us the distinction between human reasoning and true faith, true saving faith, which is the gift of God.

Source: MOSC Forum

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Forgiveness
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