Sometimes events around us lead some of us to question God's wisdom. But we need to understand that God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Several years ago, I heard a talk  about the Divine Pedagogy (teaching). It's a pity that I could not remember the speaker's name but I had learned so much from that talk that I decided to explore more about it and I am sharing what I have learned in this page.

God has great plans for each one of us. He wants to achieve much in and through us. Our weaknesses, even our sins, are not necessarily an obstacle to His designs. The honest and humble acceptance of our own infirmities and an active and faithful dependence on His power can enable Him to work wonders. His grace is always sufficient for us.

We can thwart and frustrate God's plans by our own failure to humbly accept our weaknesses and the discouragement that thus arises; by our desire to go it alone relying on our own steam; by our reluctance to let go; and by our refusal to let God use us, broken as we are.

When He made man, He fashioned him out of dust, not uranium. When He wanted a leader for His people who were in bondage under Pharaoh, He chose a stammering Moses, not an eloquent Cicero. When He destroyed the might of the Philistines, He used David, a little shepherd boy with a sling and pebble, to knock down the gigantic Goliath.

When He was looking for a mother for His son, He chose a simple girl from the obscure village of Nazareth, named Mary and not any of the Cleopatras of the East. When Jesus called men to continue His mission, He did not look in the direction of Athens nor Greece for the wise and the learned of this world. He chose rather by far ordinary men - some of them mere fishermen who, empowered by the spirit, would go out into the whole world proclaiming the Good News even to the shedding of their own blood.

The Divine Pedagogy tells us that God:
  Breaks to build
  He empties to fill
  He annihilates (destroys) to create

God broke Abraham. He stripped him of all that he could legitimately cling to: his country and culture, kith and kin, language and lands. He challenged him to risk stepping out of a familiar present into an unfamiliar future; to leave behind security instead for insecurity. Even Isaac, the cherished son of his old age, in whom the promises were vested, had to be laid at the altar of sacrifice.

God was seemingly unreasonable. But Abraham believed. Faith is never against but always above reason! Only when Abraham was tried, tested and purified, when he was completely battered and broken, did God bless and build him up, making him the father of many nations.

He appointed Moses the  spokesman of his people before the majestic might of pharaoh and his court. Moses, the stutterer, was to be God's messenger! What a choice, humanly speaking! Surely Aaron would have made better speaker. But God wanted Moses. The man who was painfully aware of his inadequacy and incompetence, did God choose. And what an excellent spokesman Moses turned out to be, because God was with him.

Moses would be God's mouth-piece! Moses was to speak God's word, not his own; he was to speak in God's name, not his own. To do this, God did not need an orator; a stutterer was the best. Yet again, God breaks to build.

 In the history of salvation, it is God who takes the initiative:
He begins.   
He starts.
He leads.
He saves.

The very name Saul (Paul) suggested tyranny and terror. The early church dreaded this man as he proudly and powerfully rode on horseback breathing threats of fury, dragging men and women to prison. In a flash everything changed. Saul was struck. He fell from horseback. Blinded, he was now reduced to utter helplessness. He who once rode like a colossus now had to lick the dust. God had taken over.

It was when Saul lost his sight that he found his vision. It was when he was reduced to nothing that God became everything. It was when he became powerless that God became powerful. As long as Saul was full of himself, God could not fill him. But only when he fell into God's hands and was emptied that God could fill him with his supporting and sustaining grace, making him a vessel of election.

Strange and inscrutable are God's ways. Unfathomable his pedagogy:
He breaks to build
He empties to fill
He annihilates to create

So much good will remain undone for all eternity not because we are weak and sinful but rather because in our presumptuous pride and exclusive reliance on our meager resources, we do not allow God to be God and use us as channels of His loving omnipotence which breaks to build, empties to fill and annihilates to create.

By Tim Pedrosa
 

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.~ Victor Hugo

 

Tim