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Does God Need to Say, “Ooops!”

Years ago I read this important maxim for living a well-adjusted life: "Remember, there is a God, and I am not Him." Most of us probably need reminding of that from time to time. Scientists and medical experts like to tell us that the human brain is the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe. They talk of its remarkable powers to receive and analyze and respond to data and of its almost unlimited capacity for memory. And surely, the mind of man was one of the utmost things the psalmist had in mind when he told God, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well" (Psalm 139:14). The ancient psalmist, unlike some modern scientists, knew that a being as fearfully and wonderfully made as man demands there must be an even more fearful and wonderful Maker who made him! His soul knew what many souls today foolishly refuse to acknowledge: "There is a God, and man is not Him." As for the human brain, it weighs on average about 46 ounces or just under three pounds at its maximum size. Compare that to this: "Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infiniteHave you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 40:28). Long before the term "gigabyte" entered our vocabulary as a way of measuring the data-storage capacity of a computer or other electronic devices, Bible writers were telling about a Mind whose ability to know and understand is infinite and unsearchable. What does God know? Everything about everything! Including you and me and our lives.

Richard Powell related an incident in Reader's Digest that has application along these lines. He told about a patient, still groggy from an operation, but in an agitated state. "Nurse," he moaned, "I heard the surgeon use a four-letter word, and it caused me distress." The nurse asked, "What did the surgeon say?" The groggy patient replied, "Oops." Does God ever need to say, "Oops! I blew it there. I wish I could do that over!?" Does God ever worry He made a mistake about some circumstance or trial He allowed to come into our lives? Does the presence of pain and difficulty in our lives mean God slipped up and needs to take another shot at being God? Have there ever been times in your life when you were tempted to think you knew more than God and that you could do a better job of running your life than Him? Let these words from Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 remind your three-pound brain that there is a God, and that you definitely are not Him! "Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him." God's job is to be God, and our job is to let Him. That means that there will be painful and difficult times in our lives when we need to say, "Ouch." But it also means God never needs to say, "Oops!" Think about it.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ