Why Does God Trouble Himself With Us?
When we each become born of the Spirit we realise how evil our past life
was and we distance ourselves from it. However, we still have the love
of earthly things and experiences and it is only by being aware that certain
of them are becoming lusts of the flesh that we withdraw from the power
thereof and ask our Redeemer to help overcome them.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments
of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be
desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also
than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and
in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his
errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant
also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:
then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable
in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour
them that are tempted.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)
At the time of realising the occurrence of sin in our lives we come to
understand how imperfect we are and wonder how God, who is The Holy One,
can still look upon us and bother Himself with us, continually pulling
us out of the gutter, straightening our clothes and giving us more spiritual
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of
him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him
a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast
put all things under his feet:
Perhaps we realise that if we were in His position of authority we would
not be so forgiving.
Why does God take all this trouble with us; all this continual giving of
Himself and continual taking by us?
That God loves us we have learnt:
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for
they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according
to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed
me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed
from my God.
Let's look at the matter as God has revealed it and believe that we who
seek shall always receive enough to understand.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man
thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. For thou wilt save
the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. For thou wilt light
my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have
run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for
God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is
a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the
LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth
me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds'
feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou
hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known
shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers
shall submit themselves unto me. The strangers shall fade away, and be
afraid out of their close places. The LORD liveth; and blessed be
my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is God that
avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. He delivereth me from mine
enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou
hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore will I give thanks unto
thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. Great
deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to
David, and to his seed for evermore.
Another thought: Why all the trouble taken by the adversary? He must know
something in the spirit world that we cannot see.
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you,
as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God,
who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank
we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which
ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but
as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you
(1 Thessalonians 2:11-13)
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea
are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own
countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord
Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please
not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles
that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is
come upon them to the uttermost. But we, brethren, being taken from you
for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly
to see your face with great desire. Wherefore we would have come unto you,
even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. For what is
our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and
(1 Thessalonians 2:14-20)
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left
at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God,
and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to
comfort you concerning your faith: That no man should be moved by these
afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily,
when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation;
even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer
forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have
tempted you, and our labour be in vain. But now when Timotheus came from
you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and
that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us,
as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over
you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
(1 Thessalonians 3:1-7)
And yet, as we have already seen, even the faith of babes can defeat him:
*To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.*
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who
hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest
still the enemy and the avenger.
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold
and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It
is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made
it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the
temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw
the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple,
and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And
said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them,
Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes
and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
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From the following passage,
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto
the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by
his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also
he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand
of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he
hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto
which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have
I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be
to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the
world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the
angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame
of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is
for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of
thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above
thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation
of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall
perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but
thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels
said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy
footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
we see that:
God has spoken to us through His Son.
His Son, Christ Jesus, made the universe.
The angels of God worship Him.
God anointed Him above His fellows. Are these fellows angels, or the sons
of God as described in Genesis 6:1-2 and Job 1:6-7? From the above passage
and the first five verses of John chapter one we realise that the spiritual
Person who we know as Christ Jesus was there in the beginning. Also He
was not sent forth as the angels were.
The angels minister to the heirs of salvation.
Now, consider these writings that were read within a few hours of each
other, to the glory of God.
From the book written by Derek Prince, "Chords from David's Harp."
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of
him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
On Center Stage
When we look up at the vastness of the heavens and consider their millions
of galaxies, our earthly globe seems just a tiny speck of dust in the totality
of the universe. Confronted by this vastness, we feel small and insignificant,
weak and helpless.
And yet, David assures us, God is interested in us. He cares for us.
In fact, we are the objects of His special attention. God does not measure
everything by numbers or dimensions. He has another scale of values, according
to which - as Jesus Himself told us - one human soul is worth more than
the entire universe.
We have often tended to picture our earth as the center of the universe.
In all probability this is not so. Yet, historically, it has been something
more important - the stage on which the greatest dramas of the universe
have been acted out, and are still being acted out.
It was on the stage of earth and in the city of Jerusalem two thousand
years ago that the drama of redemption was enacted. God demonstrated to
the universe the value that He set upon human souls. He offered for our
redemption the most precious thing the universe contained - the lifeblood
of His own Son. Appropriately, therefore, Paul writes, "We have been made
a spectacle to the whole universe. . ." (I Corinthians 4:9). The word here
translated spectacle is actually the Greek word for "theatre".
Weak and unworthy though we may be in ourselves, yet in the sovereign
purposes of God we occupy the very center of the stage of the universe.
Thank You, Lord, that You are more concerned about us, Your children,
than about the entire universe that surrounds us.
From the book written by Hal Lindsey, "Satan is Alive and Well on Planet
Doubtless God had many reasons for creating man which we cannot fathom,
but I believe the following are primary. God wanted to prove His perfect
love and to show the angelic beings who chose to stay with Him that He
had been neither unjust nor unloving to Satan and his followers by sentencing
them to eternal banishment. God demonstrated this love to the fullest at
Perhaps another reason was to show the complete folly of choosing to
reject God's will. And finally, God wanted to elevate man above the angelic
realm and to fellowship with Him.
In the book of Hebrews God shows that man will rule the world to come;
angels will actually be under man's rule:
For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof
we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that
thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou
madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory
and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put
all things in subjection under his feet. . . .
The apostle Paul says the same thing in I Corinthians 6:3: "Know ye
not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this
But man is not just a pawn for a divine demonstration. He has destiny
himself. God has great love and concern for each person and total forgiveness
for the man who places his faith in the reconciliation God offers.
GOD'S CROWN OF CREATION
Out of the millions of galaxies of the universe God chose one galaxy
for His great creative efforts. He set apart one of the planets to be the
stage of testing, a complex experimentation center, more comprehensive
than any progressive corporation board of directors could imagine.
God chose to construct the world in six days. (Although I believe He
could have created it in a split second if He had chosen.) On the sixth
day we read of God's greatest creation - man.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing
that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The important part is that man's immaterial being was created in the
very image of God. God doesn't have arms or legs or a body in His essential
being; the image of God in man is the possession of will, intellect, emotion,
moral reason, and everlasting existence. All of this is part of what the
Bible calls the soul of man.
Angels also possess these qualities, with a few superior additives which
set them apart from humans: angels have greater mobility and intelligence
than man. However, men and angels have a vitally important quality in common
- they both possess freedom of choice and the intellect to make choices.
NO PLACE TO HIDE
Once man had been created, he was watched by both the angels of God
and the fallen angels. Fantastic thought, isn't it? We believe that we
can take ourselves to a remote Pacific Island or an isolated mountain retreat
and get away from everybody and everything. However, we still are being
watched by angels. We know this from many passages in the Bible.
In Luke 2:8-14 the angels visited the shepherds and told them of the
birth of the Saviour. In Ephesians 3 it says that God is teaching "rulers
and the authorities in the heavenly places" (terms used only about angels,
describing their rank and order) many things about Himself through man.
If man is the object of a great deal of study on the part of angels,
we must ask "why?" What are they observing? What are they learning? I believe
that God is demonstrating to angels that He was perfectly just in His eternal
judgement of them and that His love is so great it cannot be fathomed by
any created being.
It's hoped that this mystery has been revealed in a small way to you.
We have this promise from God:
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted
up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever,
who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and
the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein,
that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the
seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should
be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
At this time the greatest mystery of all shall possibly be revealed "Where
does the triune God come from?"
- Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created.
- (Revelation 4:11)