The Arrogance of Man

 

The Arrogance of Man

 

What arrogant creatures we human beings are!  We think we know so much, and that given enough time, we can solve all our problems by science and education.  Yet in reality, how frail and insignificant we are compared to our great Creator.

             

Remember the story of Job?  He and his friends tried and tried to understand his suffering.  Finally, after they had failed to come to a satisfactory explanation through their human reasoning, God answered Job out of the storm with a series of questions reminding Job of God’s Sovereignty, Wisdom, Majesty and Power as Creator of the Universe.  That was enough for Job – he repented and quieted himself before God.

             

Over and over again in Scripture God claims that He is the Creator and Ruler of the heavens and earth, and that we are his creatures.  The awareness of this should bring us to our knees in worship and awe.  However, when we refuse to accept God’s explanation for the world as it is, we arrive at alternate explanations that seem plausible only for the moment.  In the long run, though, the feebleness of our thinking becomes evident.

             

How often, even in our lifetimes, have scientific “facts” been relegated to the scrap heap because of new discoveries.  The obvious truth is that science is always changing, because we don’t know everything and we are continually discovering new things.  How foolish then it is to rely on science to give us answers in matters of eternal importance!

             

In Romans 1, Paul tells us that God has made Himself known in the natural world, and that men who reject him will be held responsible.  He says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”  How foolish man’s theories look when viewed through the glasses of time!  Since we know that theories that were “modern” just a few years ago are now laughed at, how foolish then to think that we know better than God!  His Word never changes.  He is always the same.

             

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counsellor?

Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?

For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

              (Romans 11:33-36)

 

By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting

 

This was published as an article in the March/April 1992 Think and Believe.

 

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