God’s Prerogatives

Many things only God can do.

Unlike God, we cannot create from nothing, nor manage the universe. We cannot be everywhere at once, nor can we know the future, beyond what God has revealed. We are so limited.

Some things God does we can and should do.

We can do good to our enemies, as He does (Matthew 5:43-48). “Be merciful,” Jesus says, “just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). We are to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).

While we can only dimly reflect His goodness, we are to be “imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1).

Some things we could do, which God forbids.

Revenge is God’s business, not ours (Romans 12:19-20).

We have no authority to alter God’s word or substitute human tradition for Scripture  (2 Peter 3:15-16; Matthew 15:1-14).

Therefore:

Where it is impossible for us to do what God does, let’s humbly acknowledge our human limitations (Job 38:1-42:6).

Where God wants us to do as He does, let’s follow His lead.

Where God alone has the right to act, let’s never trespass on His domain.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Why Not?

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Doing right

Occasionally someone turns in a large amount of money they had found.

What motivates people to do right when they could so easily do otherwise?

What kept Joseph from committing fornication with Potiphar’s wife when repeatedly tempted?

What restrained David from killing his enemy Saul when it would have been so easy?

For both, it was a powerful awareness of God (Genesis 39:9; 1 Samuel 24:6, 10; 26:9-11, 23-24).

For the best reasons

While some people avoid sins for fear of getting an STD, going to jail, losing a job, etc., the Christian’s motives are far nobler.

“. . . for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light . . . trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord“ (Ephesians 5:8, 10).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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