Giving God Advice

I’m currently reading The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges, and it’s a great book so far.

At the moment he’s talking about how awesome God is. He quoted these verses…

Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counselor?

Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?

Who was it that taught Him knowledge, or showed Him the path of understanding?

– Isaiah 40:13-14

He points out how amazing things are that God has done. Look at the incredible things He has made. Could we have helped God out as a consultant? Could we have given advice on how to make things better?

Duh, no!

Yet we continually want to give God advice on the providential working of things.

I guess we would never actually say it, but we seem to think God could use a bit of our wisdom to better plan things that are going wrong in our lives.

Those thoughts woke me up. It’s so easy to think about how things could be better managed.  But to think we could run things better than God is the dumbest idea going.

He is wise and loving. And we can trust in that.

2 thoughts on “Giving God Advice”

  1. interesting thoughts. I keep coming back to the verse that says, “you have not because you ask not.” and the many examples of Moses interceding for the Israelites where he encourages God to change his mind. Also see Amos and his intercession to stop Gods judgement. And then I think of Job to whom God said where were you when the foundations of the earth were laid etc. What was the difference that made God listen to one and rebuke the other?

  2. Good questions, Craig. And it’s a hard one to nail down.

    I’m not sure if this is the whole answer, but the difference seems to partly lie in what happened in the past verses what might happen in the future.

    I think it’s about trusting God with the path that He gives us. Yes, we can petition Him to do something else, or stop His judgement (so long as it’s within the bounds of what He has said in the Bible). But we can’t be displeased with what He actually chooses for us, what actually has happened.

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