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At times the circumstances of life can be extremely tragic. Sometimes heartbreaking events involve even those who proclaim the truths of God’s Word. Blundering errors and irresponsible actions sometimes result in far-rippling, life-altering results. We are reminded of a number of things during these humanly painful times.
First, we are reminded that men are always mere men. They are frail and persistently subject to vanity and failure. All of them, without exception – even those with great hearts for God and His Word – are predisposed by Him to the same lot as the rest of broken humanity (Romans 8:20). We are all capable of anything – absolutely anything. Even Paul knew that, whatever he was, it was merely by the grace of God (I Corinthians 15:10). To think otherwise is to have too high a view of ourselves. To imagine that we would make superior “choices,” while being subject to the exact same conditions, circumstances and influences as another, is only a further demonstration of our own prideful weaknesses and failures.
Second, we are reminded that the work that God is displaying today is grace – pure grace. Grace alone. There’s no place for human merit or demerit whatsoever; and where sin abounds, well, grace just simply abounds more (Romans 5:20). The grace of God can’t be outdone by the sin of His creation.
Third, regardless of the shifting tides of finite mortals, we can always find absolute stability knowing that, even in the most difficult situations that we are called upon to comprehend and bear, God is still the infinite God and is in absolute control. Man is still man, but God is still God. There is no small corner of His vast universe that He does not meticulously direct. None. Absolutely none. All is out of God, all is through God, all is to God (Romans 11:36).
Fourth, we can always be assured that “we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (II Corinthians 13:8). God’s truth is never in any danger whatsoever – for any reason, least of all by the failures of His creatures. His truth can never be harmed or hindered against His purpose. Ever. As with everything else, God’s truth is firmly in His care and control. After all, He’s still God. He always has been. He always will be.
He alone is our great resting place.
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.