I’ve had a history of being a black/white, good/bad, either/or kind of person. Give me a true/false or multiple choice test, and I’m okay. But asking me to pull an answer out of my gray matter without any prompts is a bit more of a challenge.
Life, however, tends not to extend itself to us in either/or definitions. And humans, being the limited thinkers we are, tend not to appreciate that. Dare that we would think there may be options of which we are unaware!!
Here’s just one example: either (A) God is not all-powerful to end the world’s suffering, or (B) He is not all-loving as He says He is.
Joshua, of Jericho fame, ran into that intellectual wall (pardon the pun).
When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
“ Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.”
Now, here was something Joshua hadn’t even considered, and I can only imagine it gave him pause (if not a heart attack, as I hear angels can be pretty scary…)
The point is not to try answering all the questions, because when one is attended to, invariably another will surface. Satan has many of them; he’s been at this for years. Not that God doesn’t invite our questions and concerns, but there comes a point in every disciple’s life when the unanswered questions must give way to a trusting relationship with the God whom we can “know sufficiently but not exhaustively.”
In other words, God is not defined by our multiple choice answers. He defines Himself to us.
Joshua 5:1, 14 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.