don’t be stupid

there are two things known to man that are limitless, the universe and human stupidity — i am not sure about the universe.  words to this effect were attributed to einstein.  he had serious doubts that the universe was indeed limitless or infinite — but not human stupidity.

but this is no less seen in the way man handles matters pertaining to God and his eternity.  how stupid man is is proportional to the reckless confidence, the knowledge he supposes he has, about matters that are spiritual and eternal in nature, the divine.

man is like the ass in the fable: when all the animals in the forest were running out and as far away from the forest as possible in fear; the ass rushes in, headlong, in reckless disregard of why all the others went a-scurrying — a hungry lion was on the prowl!

you have a penchant for questioning God’s providence when circumstances do not go as you would have desired or expected them to happen — when you are faced with adversity and hardships despite your faithfulness and commitment to God’s word and his ways:

“i have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence; for all day long i have been plagued, and chastened every morning,” psalm 73.13, 14.

this is how God answers man who questions his wisdom:

“who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  now prepare yourself like a man; i will question you, and you shall answer me.

where were you when i laid the foundations of the earth?  to what were its foundations fastened; or who laid its cornerstone?” job 38.2-6.

you can never fathom nor understand what God is doing in your life, what he has designed to accomplish in the foreseeable future, and how he uses adversity and hardships for your good.  but you can be assured of this —

“judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace; behind a frowning providence, he hides a smiling face.

his purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.” 

william cowper, 1731-1800

don’t be stupid.

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