My wife loves peach tea. Ok, that’s an understatement – she LOVES peach tea! And under the lids of her favorite brand are fun bits of trivia. (I actually prefer the lids to the contents beneath)!
On one such lid was this bit of life-changing minutia – “Beavers have orange teeth.” Frankly, I didn’t know that – nor did I care. But as I tossed the lid, I asked myself, “Why?” Why would God give beavers orange teeth? Here’s my wise conclusion – because that’s what He chose to do! lol
Whether I understand God’s choice or agree with it, as Sovereign Lord of the universe, He gets to make it! The same is true with the bigger issues in life. Why did God choose Abraham and the Israelites as His “Chosen People?” Because He wanted to. Why did God choose to save mankind from their sins by having His Son come to earth to die? Because that’s the way God chose to accomplish it. Why has God allowed suffering in your life? Because He’s chosen to…
Believe me, I know that conclusion is less than satisfying at times. We all long for concrete answers that make some sense to us. May I let you in on something? Beaver’s teeth are orange for another reason – I just didn’t know it. The primary element in their tooth enamel is iron, which makes their teeth stronger – a pretty important thing for chewing through trees, right?!
God has His reasons for everything – whether we see them or not. He has a plan behind all that He’s ever done and is doing. Sometimes He allows us to understand those reasons. Sometimes, He simply asks us to trust Him.
You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham. (Nehemiah 9:6-7)
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