March 28, 2016


1 Samuel 2:2 “There is no-one holy like the Lord;
there is no-one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.”

We are back to the whole issue of shaky theology. Hannah was certainly not wrong, she was just relating to God from where she was. Actually, she expressed a very good rebuttal to the polytheism of the era, with an essentially monotheistic declaration. If you dip into comparative religions today you will likely be astounded at what other religions claim about their gods. The thing is, as Hannah said, none of those are in the same category as Yahweh and His Son Jesus. Having done some comparative religion study myself, I could go on at length about it, but there’s no point to that here. Actually, what Hannah said applies to philosophies we don’t consider “gods” as well. The whole idea of evolution without a Creator recently received a huge blow from a massive study that was done to try to engineer the simplest living organism possible. After numerous failed attempts to start from zero and build up, with the minimum number of genes, the researchers started removing genes from an existing bacterium to see how far they could go. The simplest they could make it and it still be alive, it still had around 300 genes, and the researchers had no idea of the functions of about half of those; they simply discovered they were essential. In other words, they ran into what is called irreducible complexity: there had to be a Creator, because there is no way chance could account for what is. From whatever direction we approach Him, God can tolerate all the scrutiny we can give, because there is indeed none holy as the Lord. None of us has perfect understanding, but He meets us where we are, if our hearts are humble before Him.

I have run into the whole gamut of objections to the God of the Bible, and none of them ultimately hold water. Without exception, those who reject Him stubbornly do so not because of logic or reason but because of rebellion. That’s why I need to be ready to talk to anyone about God, (1 Peter 3:15) but at the same time not just counter their arguments but rather ask the Holy Spirit to speak to their soul. It’s like the American who told a pastor he would become a Christian if the pastor could explain where Cain got his wife, but then it turned out the man’s real problem was someone else’ wife, with whom he was having an affair. He refused the claims of Christ because he didn’t want to repent. I can’t make anyone repent and believe, but I can speak the truth to them in love, and I must never stop doing so. I must remember that there is indeed no replacement for God, just as Hannah said, and that His grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Father, thank You for this reminder. Sometimes I am tempted to try to argue people into faith, but I have demonstrated many times that I can’t do it. Help me be fully open and available to You, whatever You want me to say or do, or even be silent and do nothing. May Your will be done in and through me, destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and drawing many to full salvation, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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One Response to March 28, 2016

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    You go from this statement: “From whatever direction we approach Him, God can tolerate all the scrutiny we can give, because there is indeed none holy as the Lord.” to this one: “None of us has perfect understanding, but He meets us where we are, if our hearts are humble before Him.” Isn’t that simply amazing?!

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