Young people are concerned and some people are worried, they say, about whether we have the infallible Word of God. As far as I am concerned, grant me God Himself, and I am not worried about His writing a book. Grant me Being and Presence of God, and that settles it!
I receive a lot of magazines, most of which I dutifully and joyously never read. I looked at one recently after I came home in the evening, and it had a question and answer department in it. One question was: “Dear Doctor So and So: What about the whale swallowing Jonah? Do you believe that?” And the good doctor replied: “Yes, I believe it. Science proves that there are whales big enough to swallow men.”
I folded the magazine, and laid it down, for that man had come up to bat, but he had struck out beautifully. For I believe that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, not because science has crawled in and measured a whale’s belly, and come out and said, “Yes, God can do that.” If God said that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, then the whale swallowed Jonah, and we do not need a scientist to measure the gullet of the whale.
Why are we fussing around finding out the collar size of a whale, or how big his neck is? Grant me God, and you can take care of all the whales! Whenever I find men running to science to find support for the Bible, I know they are rationalists and not true believers! Grant me God and the miracles take care of themselves.
“Is healing for us today?” someone asks. My answer to that: “Is God still alive?” And the answer is, “Yes, God is still alive!” All right, then, healing is for us today. Whatever God did and was able to do and willing to do at any time, God is able and willing to do again, within the framework of His will! So what we need to do is get acquainted with God.
A little boy thinks his father can do anything. Now, he can’t, but the little boy thinks he can. If the father tells the son, “I personally whipped Adolph Hitler, trimmed his moustache off, and have him in a cage in Caledonia,” that’s what the little boy is going to tell his chum across the street. He will say with confidence, “My Dad told me, and my Dad can do anything!”
Now, in an infinitely higher and more perfect and holy sense, it is not whether we can understand it or not, it is whether God said it or not. And if God said “I am,” I respectfully bow and say, “O God, Thou art!” I don’t go running around and questioning God’s ability to do anything. Letting God prove Himself through the channels of our lives is the answer. Grant me God, and the task will not be too big!
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for" (Hebrews 11: 1-2; NIV).
How big are some of the tasks or problems that we are facing today? Do we still believe that God is able? Or are we to be counted amongst those whose god is dead, by the way we often seem to turn to everything for our answers, except to Him who is the Answer? Are we to be commended for the same kind of faith that the ancients had? Or have our modern rationalistic minds gotten in the way? Do we really need science to prove God?
My Abba Daddy can do anything! How about yours?
Something to think about. Peace.
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Tozer Quote from: Tozer Speaks, Volume One, p. 26 ff