When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust”

Every month I balance my checking account on Quicken.  Well, I sort of balance my checking account.  I am usually within a hundred dollars one way or the other (except for last month and possibly the one before that…) and I have zero interest in getting down to the penny if I am that close.  When I am done, my computer informs me that I have failed to “Reconcile” and asks if I want to “Adjust.”  That means it will credit me or (almost always) dock me for my inability to reconcile and if a quick glance over my entries doesn’t instantly reveal the problem,(and it seldom does) I hit the “Adjust” icon every time.

There are many times I do the same in my relationship with God.  I have always considered “Systematic Theology” to be an oxymoron.  How could my understanding of the Creator of the Cosmos ever be systematic?  I do the best I can through the study of Scripture, prayer and with my limited understandings but then I have to trust God to “Adjust” what I cannot fully “Reconcile.”  If Christianity is a living relationship between an infinite God and a finite being (you and me for example), there are going to be a lot of things about God we won’t ever have our heads around.  Mature Christians don’t have to reconcile down to the penny at all; we simply have to continue to hunger for God as we adjust.  I think the Bible calls that faith…

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, a Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church is the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Shane 2015 Summer

Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it.

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