I have a big problem! Too many times I try to Second-Guess what God has said. When I typed “second-guess” into google the Merriam-Webster Dictionary said that to second-guess means:
1.to criticize or question the actions or decisions of someone
2.to try to guess or predict what (someone or something) will do
In terms of the first definition of second-guessing “to criticize or question the actions or decisions of someone” I sometimes wonder why has Jesus stayed so long to return to earth to finish this episode called sin by destroying the devil and his agents, while taking His faithful children home. But then! I slapped myself when I saw this:
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
– 2 Peter 3:8-12 King James Version (KJV)
So basically, who am I – a mere mortal to question or criticize what God is doing or has said about His return to this earth? As Romans 11:33-36 indicates:
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again?
36 For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
In addition, the very delay of Christ’s coming is so that I can make use of His grace and His mercy by ensuring that I am ready for His return!
Sometimes I can not even decide what outfit to wear when I get up in the morning, so who am I to second-guess the decisions my Creator has made? Look at this: 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.– Isaiah 40:28.
Definition #2 says “to try to guess or predict what (someone or something) will do” – Sometimes I take this one to the next level where I find myself trying to guess or predict what God should have done or what He should have said in His Word – The Holy Bible. Take for example, like Peter (Matthew 14:25-31) I feel brave enough to step out of the boat and begin my journey walking towards Jesus on the water, when suddenly I realize that my mind is beginning to gloat in the fact that I am walking on the water. More specifically, I find that the truths about healthy eating and drinking found in The Holy Bible has given me great success in my quest to embrace a diet like Daniel and his three friends (Daniel 1). There was a period in my life where I ate meat seven days a week, but I came to realize that there was much more benefits to be derived from decreasing my meat intake and increasing my consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts and drinking lots of water. Then one day I started second-guessing my new successful diet, and wondering if I was doing my health an injustice by not consuming more meat. As my feet started to sink like Peter into the sea of second-guessing, I found myself rationalizing that maybe God’s recommended diet was too simple. Then I heard this text play clearly in my ears:
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:25
So I went to examine the verses that followed and saw this:
– 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
The fact is I can Never Know More Than God or outsmart Him! There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the . – Proverbs 21:30. He knows my every thought, my every motive, and every single plan I have!
So I have to ask God to humble me and re-humble me and re-humble me again for as long as it takes, until my mind grasps all the juices found in having absolute trust in Him! I cannot afford to guess or predict what He will do – whether He will take care of my health and strength. I cannot afford to distrust and disbelieve God by suggesting to myself that the diet that He has recommended will not really make me fairer and fatter and healthier and stronger. I cannot afford to guess or predict what God should have done or what He should have said in His Word – The Holy Bible. For His Word, totally confirms the benefits and merits of eating wisely:
– Daniel 1:11-16
So one of my big resolutions for this new year 2016 is to quit Second-guessing God. Even if I tried I can never come up with better plans than His! If I feel myself beginning to sink I am not going to hesitate to cry out immediately: ” Lord, save me.”
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*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version.