Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 4, 2011

C.S. Lewis wrote a book titled God in the Dock.  That expression is not familiar to many of us, but it means, God on trial, or God on the witness stand before judge and jury.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
--Romans 11:33 TNIV
The Apostle Paul painstakingly presents our situation, our need for a savior, and how Jesus Christ is the savior of all, and turns to invite all to embrace the faith of Christ.  However, he knows, that we humans treat the matter as if God were on trial.  We're very concerned that God is fair, just, wise, loving, merciful--all the time convinced we are a suitable judge of the God of the universe.  Finally, Paul can contain himself no longer, and he breaks out into praise (the words above).
The praise of God is that we are the ones on trial, not God.  We never are in a position to be judge and jury ruling on the merits of the Creator.  And that is very good news.  Because God's judgments are perfect, just, merciful.  There is great comfort in this.  Better to be judged by a perfect magistrate than by...than by...well, you or me, right?

Dale Patterson