If you’ve read me for very long then you know that every once in a while I tackle a pithy of common saying from our daily lives.
Last year, I wrote about
Today, I want to talk about another one: God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
What do you think? Solid biblical truth? Or dumb idea?
God Said It
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19, NIV
This passage buried in the book of Numbers may not be among your favorites in the Bible, but it is fairly well-known, at least in principle. God does not lie or change His mind.
Honestly, sometimes we don’t like that. But that’s another post for another day.
Well, if we’re going to get brutally honest, sometimes, we don’t even like the fact that God speaks. Oh, sure, the good-Christian in us would never say that. We proclaim we serve a God who loves us and talks to us and wrote the Bible specifically for us. But who among us hasn’t come across a Scripture or two that we’d prefer wasn’t in the Bible? And who among us hasn’t bothered to ask God His opinion on a matter simply because we’re afraid of what He might say?
Hmmm. Maybe those are also other posts for other days.
That Settles It.
I’m okay with this part of the phrase. Even if I don’t particularly like what God said, I can wrestle with Him to the point of accepting the truth of it. Or maybe just the eventuality of it. Hopefully, one day, see the wisdom of it, or at least rest in the trust that God knows best.
God said it. That settles it.
I believe it.
This is the part of the phrase that drives me nuts! Have you ever stopped to think about it? Put the whole phrase together and pause for a moment. Let it soak in.
God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
What has your belief about God or His Word ever settled? I mean, besides your salvation. Has He ever changed His opinion or decision based on your belief about the matter?
Let’s take this to a simplistic but easy-to-grasp level. What if I hated the color orange? What if I believed orange should not be a color, that it should be erased for the rest of time. Would God get rid of orange for me?
But wait a minute. This creates a new set of problems. What if orange was your favorite color? What if you believed orange should be more prominent in nature? Would God then have to choose between pleasing you in your belief or pleasing me in mine?
Oh, this gets messy very quickly, doesn’t it?
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
What I believe about God and His Word never affects the truth of it. His very nature is truth and all He has said and done is for our best, even when we do not believe it or fight against it.
God said it. That settles it.
Deputy Fire Marshall knows God loves her and wants what is best for her and her daughters, but a danger emerges that pushes the steadfastness of that belief to the limit. Will she continue to trust God to protect them as the danger moves in?
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She never thought she’d be raising her daughters alone. But when Deputy Fire Marshal Cassandra McCarthy’s husband died unexpectedly, she was forced to find a career. Now working beside a retired Special Operations soldier and veteran fireman, she serves her small North Carolina town, protecting them from hazards they don’t understand. But things must change.
First, a paramedic starts to work at one of her firehouses, irritating her with the most ridiculous names. And then the evidence in a series of unexplained fires points in a direction she doesn’t like. Can she continue to do her job with integrity and passion when she doesn’t like where it leads her?
She thought life would settle down. Nature had a different plan. Cassandra breathed a sigh of relief once the teenagers who had been starting nuisance fires around her small town were caught. But life is rarely so simple.
A hurricane rages up the eastern coastline, damaging homes and feeding floods as it goes. But evidence is mounting that the teens weren’t the only ones playing with fire. Can she prepare the town for the looming emergency and protect them from the danger living in their midst?
The danger grows. Will God protect her? Hurricane Matthew left millions of dollars of destruction, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invaded to help the community clean up and move forward. Yet in the midst of recovery, the unexplained fires grow more menacing.
Cassandra works closely with FEMA to help the community and with the sheriff’s office to follow the small pieces of evidence left at each fire scene. But what will it cost her to capture the arsonist? Is he closer than she wants him to be? And will she have to give up the one relationship she’s wanted since the death of her husband?