Trying To Make Sense Of It Doesn’t Make Any Sense

from Leslie Weatherhead’s book The Will Of God

“I’m just trying to make sense of it all.” When we see, hear, think or read about something that defies human logic–the brain wants to kick in and wants to do something, do anything, that will make sense of it to us–so that it becomes more copacetic and saporific for us. After all, that’s the way life should be, right? And that’s how the fight started!

For example, take the above quote from Leslie Weatherhead’s book The Will of God. I don’t know what was going on in his gray matter when he wrote this; and I don’t want to know if there’s more swill like this in there. My hunch is that Weatherhead was trying to make sense of why Jesus was killed. I mean, who in their right mind would leave the perfect eternity and step into time with the intention of dying on a cross? It just didn’t make sense to Weatherhead.

So, to make sense of it all, Weatherhead concludes that Jesus’s intention wasn’t to die, but to get all of us knuckleheads to follow Him. Somehow, that made sense to Weatherhead. Bless his heart! And I say this with all the Southern that lives within me. Those from the South know exactly what I mean. It didn’t make sense to him that The Creator would intentionally (using Weatherhead’s terminology) choose to die for who He created. I’ll say it again with emphasis: Bless his pea-pickin’ heart!

I’m not picking on Weatherhead and his pea-sized brain alone–but the sophism and absurdity that somehow we human beings are qualified and capable of making sense of. . . well . . . anything and everything. Here’s another example: The government’s responsibility is to take care of our needs and wants from cradle to grave. Making sense of this is like trying to nail a poached egg to a tree. Or how about all those other ludicrous, ill-advised, and doltish things people believe, say, or do? How do you make sense of things that just don’t make sense?

Try this on for size:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
    and He will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

Here Solomon doesn’t say God will help us make sense of everything. But he does say that God will guide us to the right path. I don’t know about you, but this here wisdom of Solomon–It just makes sense to trust God! Especially when nothing else makes sense!

7 thoughts on “Trying To Make Sense Of It Doesn’t Make Any Sense

  1. How arrogant of us (Mankind) to think we could explain the plans of an infinitely wise, infinitely powerful, infinitely loving God. Fortunately, He’s also infinitely merciful, or we’d all be in for a very unpleasant eternity. I hope Weatherhead gets an adjustment in his thinking and attitude and just accepts and appreciates the inexplicable love of God.

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  2. I don’t know what Leslie Weatherhead was thinking, so I looked him up. He was a liberal Methodist preacher in Britain. There is a Wikipedia article that discusses his theology, which was ‘interesting’, to say the least. He was controversial in that he questioned many of the central teachings of the Christian faith, referring to himself as a “Christian agnostic.” I can now better understand why he said what he said in “The Will of God”. In my opinion, he was trying to make sense of the spiritual with human logic, which is impossible, according to 1 Cor 2:14: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 

    The Bible is clear: “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ “(Isa 46:8-10)

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  3. People who do not understand God’s Word often make this mistake. Jesus started His ministry by first preaching “the kingdom of God is at hand.” It was necessary for him to offer the Kingdom to Israel before proceeding to the next step, which was, “I must got to Jerusalem to be crucified.” This was always the plan from the beginning. He knew Israel would reject Him, but the offer had to be made. He always knew He was going to the cross, and I thank God that He did!.

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