A Qualified Opinion, by Paul McGuire

Recently, while recording Papa's words to me, He remarked,"Before Me, none are qualified to have an opinion."  (Papa’s Listening Book, 3/18)

"Ooo! Harsh!" No. True. Giving an accurate opinion requires a proper perspective, good information, some foresight and a dose of Wisdom. Man, in his natural state, draws up short in all these qualifications. Man has all the distance view of a mole. And God's Words to us do not give every detail. We can see only certain things. 

"My Ways are higher than your Ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:9

If we were to know all the paths Papa leads us down as He fulfills His plans, we would bolt! I am so thankful NOW for the journey this far, but if I had known . . . I wouldn't be writing and you wouldn't be reading. 

"All that God requires of us demands Faith to accomplish; but He does not require of us that which He does not also give us the Power to Do."

Another listening time, Papa remarked, "Faith moves forward unseeingly." Some would say that describes "blind faith". I disagree. Faith does not "see" in a natural sense at all. Faith "sees" the reliability of our Father. Papa calls us to follow, and all we see is His back as He leads us forward. 

Right now, my wife and I are in a holding pattern of waiting for Papa's promises to us. In relation to specifics of the promises, we can do nothing. It's His move. So, what am I to do? I must choose to Believe, to Trust, to exercise my Faith. I must cling to expectancy of Papa's great Faithfulness. 

"Why, that's nothing new!" No, it's not. But not all folks practice it. Ever heard the expression, "Good luck"? (Of course!) What IS that? Luck is not Faith, yet many depend more on the randomness of "luck", than they do on the certainty of Faith; that is, Faith in Papa's Faithfulness. 

When I want to wish someone well, I draw up short on the "luck" expression. And yet, some would suggest my Faith to be superstitious. No! I believe in the specificity of God. Our Father God speaks what He intends to do, and then He does it. 

So. I've been given certain specifics about Papa's plans for us. Haven't seen them manifest. Should I doubt? Give up? Complain? Gripe? Shake my fist? Or as Job, be quiet and hold my peace? (I think that would be keeping my opinion to myself!)

"I will put my hand over my mouth." Job 40:4

Since His plans are well beyond any known power I may or may not have—I think I will work to Believe my heavenly Papa. I will work to be Faithful, myself. 

 "I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23

I am not qualified to give a valid opinion of Papa's plans or His ways, so I will seek to follow the mandate in Hebrews 11:6-7, to please Him by my Faith. He rewards by that measure. I'm going there!

"God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man that He should change His mind. Has He said and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19

I will risk everything on what I believe is a valid opinion: My Papa is Faithful to do everything He says He will do. He keeps every word of Promise.