Why does God do what he does?


Why?  That is a hard question to get an answer to at times.  Especially with God.

Why did God do that?  Why isn’t God doing this?  Why?

If you are not careful, asking why can hurl you into a dark pit.

However, this post isn’t about those confusing or tragic situations in life that are hard to make sense of.  This post is about those things that God does with clear purpose and yet we muddy the waters.

I heard the worship song “No Longer Slaves” for the first time a few weeks ago at a Men’s retreat.  I imagine that I’ve listened to it a hundred times since then.  You can check it out here.

A line that I’ve been going over and over in my mind says this “You (God) split the sea so that I could walk right through it.”

It’s an obvious reference to the parting of the Red Sea during the exodus of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  It’s the simple statement of purpose that caught my attention.

God parted the sea.  Why?

So that they could walk through the sea to freedom.

Now, I realize this might seem so obvious as to not have a significant point, but I assure you it does.

Over and over, God has acted…He has split the sea and we sit back and wonder what we should do next.  What is God’s Will?  It’s as if we are standing there looking at the massive piles of water suspended on each side of a dry path and we are asking “I wonder why God did that?”

He split the sea so that you could walk right through it.

And if you think that we don’t need such obvious instruction, consider Galatians 5:1.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

At first, I think “no kidding.” Jesus set me free so that I could be free.  Thanks for the help, Apostle Paul.   Is that the best you could come up with?  But then I look at all the ways that I put myself in shackles and realize that I am just like an Israelite asking “Why did God part that sea in front of us?”

Jesus has set me free, but I don’t enter into it.  I don’t lean into his purpose.  He has done this wonderful thing for me and yet too often, I don’t take the gift.

So…in case you are like me, here are some reminders as to Why God does what he does.

Jesus came full of grace so that you could rest in grace and throw off the demands of religion.

Jesus paid the penalty of death for you so that you could enjoy life.

Jesus forgave you so that you could live as one forgiven.

God invites you into prayer so that you could pray.

God inspired the Word of God so that you could read it.

The Father sent the Holy Spirit so that you could depend on the Holy Spirit.

God gifted you to serve so that you could serve.

God commanded you to make disciples so that you could make disciples.

I could list a hundred such statements.  Do you get the idea?  God moves so that you can move.  Are you moving?

He split the sea so that you could walk right through it.





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