by Edie Melson
Math is not my strong suit.
I have to smile as I write these words. And I know my husband will be howling with laughter when he reads this. I’m so much NOT a numbers girl, I’m almost handicapped.
At least that’s what I’d thought.
But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through an algebraic mind-set. And when I first noticed the signs, I went into immediate denial. There was no way it could be true.
But the evidence is irrefutable.
Without realizing it, I’ve put God in a box, bracketing him inside equations. And I’m betting a lot of you may have as well.
Let me see if you’re familiar with these two logical—spiritual—equations I’m referring to:
Following the Rules + Making the Right Decisions = Living a Blessed Life
Sinning + Bad Decisions = Living a Troubled Life
On the surface these two equations look pretty good. But when I began to dig deeper, I realized that rather than finding God’s truth in the equations above, I’d become tangled in a lie.
I had traded the Truth of God for fairness and tried to call it justice.
God is so much more than fair. His love destroys such a simplistic concept and replaces it with grace.
Along with that comes things I can’t understand—good people who suffer and bad people granted eternal life. At times this world looks like it rewards those who cheat and punishes the one that do the right thing.
But I’ve discovered I don’t have to understand to trust Him.
You may wonder at where I find the evidence for hope. I find it all around me. I’ve seen it played out in my life and the lives of those around me. Beyond that I see examples of it on almost every page of the Bible. God proves over and over again that He gives us so much more than the condemnation that we deserve.
So how about you—have you fallen for some bad math?
“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB)
About the author: Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, While My Child is Away; Prayers for While We’re Apart is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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