Yet sometimes I don't believe it.
There are moments in by Bible reading (more often, it seems, in the Pentateuch) when I come across a rule or commandment that seems completely arbitrary.
- Why are we not to boil a goat in its mother's milk? (Exodus 36:24b)
- What is wrong with weaving clothing of two different types of material? (Leviticus 19:19b)
- Why were the Israelites to wear tassels on their garments? (Numbers 15:38)
When my kids were babies, I did several things to them that, in their opinion (if they had been mature enough to HAVE opinions, of course), were likely arbitrary - or even nasty.
- I took them to the doctor - and let strangers poke them with needles multiple times.
- I forced them to stay in a cage (aka crib) for hours against their will.
- I (gasp) wiped their noses.
- I wouldn't allow them to crawl across the street to get that cool ball that rolled away.
Sometimes, I wonder the very same things about some of God's instruction as my kids probably did (and likely sometimes still do!) about mne. Why this trial, God? Why must I be without ___? I don't see any possible way this will benefit anyone.
But I do not have the mind of God. I cannot see how these rules or circumstances help me - or anyone else. But just because I do not see it doesn't mean it isn't true. In fact - it most definitely IS true. Because God never does anything arbitrarily - and all things WILL work out for good (Romans 8:28).
Even if I can't see it, I can trust that it is so. Because He loves me, and will never leave or forsake me.
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