According to my human thinking, it’s hard to imagine that people are lost because they didn’t get immersed. But God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. When I think according to my flesh, it’s too hard to imagine that gossip could send someone to hell. But I am not God. When I reason according to human relations, I can’t imagine that it matters two hoots if religious people worship with musical instruments. But men like things God doesn’t like. When I think according to my emotions, I can’t imagine that divorce is serious enough that most remarried people are in ongoing sin. God looks on sin different than man does. When I think according to the world, I can’t accept that most people are going to hell for eternity. Men don’t like the idea of being judged. When I think according to what the human side likes and wants and feels, I can’t imagine that out of all of the religions, that Jesus is the only right way. God says He alone is to be worshiped. When I think
according to human reasoning, I can’t imagine one sin like eating from a tree could send someone out of the garden of eden. But God gets to decide what is right and wrong. When I think according to my flesh, I can’t imagine that two priests should be burned up for bring ‘strange fire’ into the holy place. When I think according to my own senses, I can’t imagine that a well-meaning priest would be struck dead for trying to stabilize the ark that was about to tip over. When I think like a carnal man, I can’t imagine why a priest should be killed by a lion because he stopped to eat with a prophet who lied to him. When I think like a human, many things Jesus says are too hard to believe. Why should a person carry a cross to go to heaven? Why should I have to confess my sins and live according to Christ to go to heaven? Such hard things will be what leads to hell. When we think God’s ways are too hard, we forget that God is holy and knows better than we do.
“7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:7-9
I’m trying to illustrate that God is sovereign and it is not for man to question His ways. I’m illustrating why I can’t think on my own and why I need to think according to what is right in God’s sight. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one will go to heaven apart from believing it, Jn. 14:6. God is holy and He will punish sin. We must “repent and return to God” in order to have salvation, Acts 3:19. The reason priests and prophets and patriarchs (look at that, 3 P’s) died for sin is because God is holy and He does not condone sin. If God says to build the ark of a particular kind of wood, you should use that wood and no other kind. God has His reasons. And to do things in some way God has not prescribed, like it or not, you are not treating God as the Holy God He is. “By those who come near to Me, I will be treated as Holy.”, Lev. 10:3. It is by a sense of reverence and love that we read the Bible and do things just as God said. That’s actually pretty easy to understand. I love God and His Son, and I want to go to heaven. So these “hard things” don’t trip me up and make me turn away. The alternative to God and His ways are unthinkable.