Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
If you have a hard time with the concept of holding God accountable, then I want you to consider an important truth: God assumes responsibility for everything in His creation.
For everything in your life, God says, “I am ultimately responsible.” Now let me be clear: God does not cause sin. It is impossible for a holy God to be the author of sin. So God is not directly responsible for evil in the world, but He is indirectly responsible. After all, if God sees evil and has the power to stop it but doesn’t, then He’s assuming responsibility, isn’t He? I mean, if you see a person being attacked and you simply walk by, you are not directly responsible for that crime, but you are indirectly responsible if you had the power to stop it and you didn’t. It’s the same way with God. If God sees evil and has the power to stop it but doesn’t, then He has to be held responsible for what happened.
For example, consider Exodus 4:11. God said, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” Now that’s an incredible statement. Who is responsible for mute, deaf, and blind people in the world? Is it not God? Some well-meaning Christians try to let God off the hook. They will say to the parents of a disabled child, “God is so sorry for what happened; He wishes He could have stopped it, but He doesn’t have any power over the law of genetics. Bad things happen.” Does that give people comfort to think that they are just the victims of the universe? No. God says, “I am responsible. I am the one who makes the mute, deaf, and blind.” God assumes responsibility.
In Acts 2:23, Peter was preaching a few weeks after Jesus was resurrected. He said, “This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” Who was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ? Angry men nailed Him to the cross, but it was all according to the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God. It’s not just that God knew about it ahead of time; He planned it. God planned the horrendous torture and death of His own Son. Let that sink in for a moment. God planned the torture and death of His own Son.
God says, “I am responsible for the mute, deaf, and blind. And I am responsible for the torture and death of My own Son.” If God says He is responsible for that, then do you think He has any trouble taking responsibility for the hurt you experienced? You will never make peace with your past until you acknowledge that God assumes responsibility for everything that happens.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Who Do We Forgive?” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2015.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.