Revelation 11 Lesson

Why Does God Do The Things That He Does?

GOD’S PLAN IS PRECISE!

  • “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” - Revelation 11:1-3

Notice how precise God’s message is. It makes one wonder why they will tread under foot for exactly forty-two months, and why they will prophesy for exactly 1,260 days? This may cause some of us to ask why God's commands are so specific?

WHY DID GOD DO THAT?

It is human nature to wonder why God does the things that He does. But in the end, that is not what we are supposed to be doing as Christians. He is God and we serve Him – not the other way around. As Christians, our role is to trust in His plan for us and to remember the words from the prophet Jeremiah:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.

TRUSTING GOD’S PLAN

It is important that we trustin God’s plan for us and then allow it to unfold. Consider the following three scriptures:

  1. “Trust in the Lord with all yourheart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6,
  2. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart triumphs, and with my song I shall thank Him.” - Psalm 28:7,
  3. "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” – Psalm 37:4-6.

Trying to figure out “why” God allows certain things to happen, or why God does things the way that He does is futile, and simply put, not our place.

GOD’S WAYS ARE HIGHER THAN OUR WAYS

The Prophet Isaiah wrote the following words about God:

  • "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9.

This scripture tells us that we do not need to try and figure everything out. As Christians, we do not need to know why God is doing the things that He is doing. We simply need to trust Him and obey His commands. This may contrast with our fleshly desire to feel like we are the ones that are in control. But as we see from the scriptures, God is always the one that is in control.

CONCLUSION

Our obedience to God should not be contingent upon us understanding, "Why?"  God is superior to everything and everyone, and we are to serve Him; even if we do not always understand why things happen the way they do.  

God loves us so much that He sent His Son to save us from our sins:

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ” – John 3:16.

We can never repay God for the love that He has shown us, but we can love Him back!

Jesus said:

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

As we grow in our faith through the reading of God’s inspired Word, our focus needs to shift from doing things our way to doing things God’s way. Sometimes that is easy to do. Other times it is more difficult.

Regardless of how well we understand “why” God does the things that we do, our role is to obey Him. Because we love Him!

Jesus said:

  • “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Mathew 16:24-26

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Book of Colossians.

  • “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4.

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OKELLO JOEL

praise the Lord Jesus christ for the Fardre as given as a leat to the warld he love as even if the devil is ruling the asth, the lit is Jesus christ away gard ,away key ,away drivers he i s above all he is away phone connection to the Fardre we give him honour amen

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Noli galsim

God is good all the time ..all we need is to serve him obey his teaching .we dont need to ask why ? Because all things happening in the world God wanted to do...

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James A Guillory
Noli galsim

For you are right God is good on the time and God always prevails, victory in the name of Jesus and for those who are called by his name, Christians!!

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Noli galsim
James A Guillory

Thanks my friend ..

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John

There are several passages in the Bible that show the precision that God expects. The message is to pay attention to the details.

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Pat Dermody
John

We are reminded that no matter how bad things get on earth, God is still in control.

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