Neither Good Nor Bad

by Joanna Pierce on November 15, 2017

Helpful. Somewhat helpful. 7. 10. Very likely. Somewhat likely. A. B. Yes. No…

Do you see an imaginary scantron sheet in front of you? A meld of table lines and empty circles, perhaps? We’ve all found ourselves taking a survey at one time or another. Surveyors alike, they all want one thing—our opinion.

I don’t like taking surveys. They’re annoying, and every time I think I’ve reached the end of that yellow brick road, another one starts. But, I feel obligated to take them because I’ve been on the other end of the spectrum before—I’ve been the one wanting answers. However, there’s also a small part of me that believes my opinion will be the catalyst for great change.

Our opinions sometimes hold weight and other times they’re just our “two-cents.” Various scenarios encompass our lives every day, and we’ve got a storage room full of opinions about them. Many times, we can’t voice our opinions, but even if we can, it won’t change the trajectory of the outcome.

In Scripture, Abraham’s servant was instructed to find a wife for Isaac from his own kindred. The servant prayed about how he’d recognize the right wife for his master’s son, and asked God to identify the woman as one who’d offer him to drink from a well’s water along with his camels. It was Rebekah who came with marvellous hospitality and offered up a cool, refreshing drink (Genesis 24:1–7).

The servant then approached Rebekah’s father, Bethuel, to speak about everything that had transpired. At the end of his oration, he asked:

And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken (Genesis 24:49–51, KJV, emphasis added).

After being presented with the circumstances, the backstory, and a forthcoming decision, Bethuel had an interesting answer—we cannot speak unto thee good or bad; one way or the other; there’s nothing we can say… He realized this had all come to pass by the Lord’s doing. And, because of that crucial factor, he couldn’t have an option.

When God renders a work in our life, we don’t have the right or the authority to judge it. We can’t say, “this is good” or “this is bad.” Everything’s God’s will, and it falls into a category all by itself. If you looked at a scantron, you wouldn’t see multiple choices. There would be one choice, one answer, and that would be God’s will!

Our human minds like to try to define God and the works of His hands. But, we must remember that what God mandates, creates, or determines is up to Him, and Him alone. His ways are higher than our ways and thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8–9). Our “two-cents” holds even less weight in the mind and sight of God. He’s God and we’re not!

However, we can rest assured knowing that all things will work together for our good if we abide in God and are obedient to Him (Romans 8:28). The next time you face that unwanted or unsure circumstance, don’t judge it. Thank God for allowing His will to come to pass in your life, and that He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11).