“Honey, if you will do just one thing, I think you can be good at this.”
These were the words that came out of my husband’s mouth as we begin playing the 4th hole that day.
It was our anniversary, and we had decided to take a trip to a beautiful state park in our state.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous on that fall day. And, my husband had suggested we try a game of golf.
Although I’d played a few rounds of golf before, I was not much of a player.
And, on this day, I was playing terribly.
I would stand like he told me to stand; swing like he told me to swing, and I would follow through with all of my might. The ball would dribble down the fairway about 50 yards. Then, we would repeat the cycle. Again and again and again.
Finally, on that fourth hole, I was growing weary of it all. That’s when my very wise husband shared these words, ““Honey if you will do just one thing for me, I think you can be good at this.”
In fact, he went on to tell me that this one tip was really the “key” to all of golf. If I would consistently do this one thing, I would become a much better player.
His tip that day: keep your head down and your eyes on the ball.
Amazingly, his suggestion worked.
When I kept my head down and kept my eyes on that little white ball, I actually hit it into the air. I began to see the ball “fly” a little more that afternoon. The game became a lot more fun.
Just as there are “keys” and “main points” to the sports and the games that we play, there are “keys” and “main points” in the way we view God and all spiritual matters.
In previous weeks, we’ve suggested that each of us has a grid through which we look at life. We view God, Jesus, the Bible, other people, church, and significant life issues through this grid.
Today, I’d like to take that concept a little further and suggest that there are some great truths about spiritual matters upon which all of the other truths rest. These are the foundational truths of the gospel and the rock bed of the Bible.
So, what is this great truth that you and I must believe about God?
Let me answer that question with a question…
What do you think is the most important truth you believe about God?
Is it His love?
Or, His grace?
Or, His power?
Of course, all of these are character traits of our great God.
And, we love to focus on these things. However, I’d like to remind you that there are character traits about the Lord that we seldom like to mention.
For example, He is holy, righteous, just, and jealous. Scripture teaches us that He is a God of wrath and truthfulness. Most of us don’t focus on these attributes of God as much.
It’s like the old 45rpm records that many of us used to play on our stereos, turntables, and record players.
Usually, we LOVED one side of the little record. We would play that song until the record became scratched and warped. Yet, how often would turn the record over and play the song on the other side of the record? How often did we even know the song on the other side of the album?
Similarly, my daddy grew up in Mississippi and had some of the most unique “sayings” that he would quote as we were growing up. One of these sayings was simply,
“It’s a mighty thin pancake that doesn’t have two sides.”
Correspondingly, in spiritual matters, most of us love to focus on the “side” of God that we most appreciate and enjoy. We talk, study, pray and meditate on things like God’s love and God’s mercy. But, we must turn over the record and see what is on the other side.
So, what is on the other side of the record?
What is the most important thing we believe about God?
What is this one truth that we must believe about Him?
It is simply this:
GOD IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT & JUST IN ALL THAT HE DOES.Without any doubt or hesitation, we must believe God is just and perfect because He is God. Click To Tweet
We must be able to look up to heaven and believe that our God always knows what He is doing. Also, we must be able to look in the eyes of our children, family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers and believe that our God is just – always just!
Even when things make no sense…
While we are facing illness…
Even in the pain of death…
In the midst of our hearts being broken and crushed…
Even when we can barely breathe…
God is still in the heavens and He is still just.
Consider a few verses from the Bible on this topic:
He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.
Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
how just and upright he is!
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
“Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
“Will you discredit my justice
and condemn me just to prove you are right?
“But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.”
So, what do we do with this truth?
Let me answer that question with a wonderful quote and an illustration.
British author Selwyn Hughes put it this way,
“Unless we are gripped by the belief that God acts justly in everything – everything – then we will not have the sure-footedness we need to negotiate the rocky slopes that are up ahead.”
For most of my growing up years, my sweet grandmother sewed clothes for me. She made beautiful dresses, outfits, and even some maternity clothes. She was a master seamstress.
Often, I would pick out a pattern or some fabric and take it to her house. She would measure me, cut out the pattern, and begin sewing. Then, we would get together to pin, hem, and make alterations to the new outfit.
Throughout these projects, I would rarely see my grandmother or the outfit she was making.
However, I would trust her until I could see the final product. Also, I wouldn’t question her abilities or the actions she was taking. Why? Because she was my grandmother and because she was a fabulous seamstress.
Similarly, I believe that each of us would find renewed freedom and incredible peace if we could more completely trust in God’s justice and in His handling of things.
If we could believe that He really is capable, wise, and completely just in His dealings, we could relax.
The Secret to it All
Just as the secret to my golf game was to keep my head down and my eye on the ball, by the same token, the secret to this faith game is to keep our eyes toward heaven and trust that God will always do what is just, what is right, and what is best.
Truly God is just. He always does what is right and what is best in my job.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best for my family.
Our God is just. He always does what is right and what is best in my friendships.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best in my church.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best for my finances.
Yes, God is just. He always does what is right and what is best in my ministry.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best for my past, present, and future.
Also, God is just. He always does what is right and what is best for my health.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best in my relationships.
God is just. He always does what is right and what is best IN MY LIFE!
“God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
Maybe you could pray this way with me?
“Father, You are trustworthy. You are God. You always do what is just, what is right, and what is best. When things happen this week that challenge this belief for me, would you give me the grace and the strength to trust You more? Would you help my unbelief? I want to trust You more. Help me, Father! Amen.”
Join us each week on Wednesdays as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenants of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.
Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
In addition, you can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.
For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.
It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” LUKE 10:27 (ESV)
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