They Thought They Knew Better
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
We have a lot in common with Adam and Eve. They thought they knew better than God. That sin is replayed over and over in every one of their descendants. We inherit our sin nature from them. Thinking that we know better than God is our horrible legacy.
That simple sin is pride, belief in self and unbelief in God. He gives us opportunity to figure that out, reverse it and repent. Repenting is not our idea. It is God*s. Repenting is part of the gift of salvation for Jews and Gentiles alike.
Acts 5:31: Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 11:18: When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Acts 20:21: Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
The same sin of believing that they know better than God is repeated by every individual who rejects Christ. The same sin that condemns men in the first place keeps them condemned. Repentance toward God is simply changing our opinion and agreeing that God knows best and we do not.
How many times have we prayed this prayer without knowing what it means and meaning it?
Matthew 6:10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
How many times do we pray: Thy will be done in earth, when we really mean My will be done in earth?
Thinking that they know better than God is not just the problem of unbelievers. Christians have to learn and relearn and relearn and relearn that He knows best.
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