"The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit." (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:14
A visit to a Seminary library led me to a book with a challenging title. And no sooner had I gone through the cover pages and the contents than I begun to put a thought together. It resounded in me the challenges that may be inevitable through our walk with God. Has it ever happened to any of us when walking with God appeared totally senseless; when we were almost completely mesmerized by life circumstances in the “absence of God”?
It may be the dream and expectation of many that to follow God must be devoid of any unexpected bitter occurrences. However, the passing of time always proves otherwise. Many things will be beyond our scope of comprehension and so lead us to ask the question, “why?” again and again. We see a depiction of this even at the last moments of the Lord Jesus on the cross.
In His humanity, His last cry was “Why?” (Matthew 27:46) without any immediate answer from the Father. In His faithful walk with the Father, one would expect nothing but constant answers to all requests and without tears or sorrow. And through His sorrow, the transition to the city of no tears and sorrows was completed and our salvation was procured.
Like the example given by Jesus, we also can walk in His steps (1 Peter 2:21) and overcome the suffering and senseless times that will meet us. It will not be uncommon to have scanty or no answers to some of these dilemmas while we follow the Lord. But that should not change our confidence in God. Our reverence for Him must rather be unparalleled while our commitment to follow Him, unshaken.
For in the foolishness of God, He works things we may never understand and all for our own good. To the mortal mind, the ways of God may be unfamiliar leading to a hasty conclusion of senselessness. But “…the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25) Following the ways of men may seem right but the end could be fatal. (Proverbs 14:12) Let us therefore be watchful against the deceiving wisdom of men, even in our trying times. Stay close to God.