September 4, 2016

God Knows Best – Jason Longstreth

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Over the years, I have been amazed how often I have read reports and scientific studies that have concluded exactly what God tells us in his word.

Not too many years ago, I remember reading about how an extremely intensive (and expensive) study concluded that there were, in fact, significant differences between men and women. I also remember wondering who decided that they needed to do such a study and why didn’t they just believe what God has always told us about the sexes and gender roles?

Some time later, I ran across two additional studies that made me think the same or similar thoughts. The first of those was entitled, “Can’t Buy Me Love: Study Shows Materialistic Couples Have More Money and More Problems.” It was published in Science Daily and was based on a study in which 1,734 American couples were surveyed from various regions within the country and were asked how much they value “having money and lots of things.” The researchers found that those couples who said money was not important to them scored about 10 to 15 percent higher in marital stability and relationship quality. On the other hand, couples where both individuals reported being materialistic or having a strong love of money, while they had a tendency to be slightly better off financially, also had far more conflict in their relationship. Although this study measured materialism only on the basis of one’s self-reporting (in other words, the individuals had to report themselves as being materialistic-and we know that many people deceive themselves), the results were remarkably consistent. Even though the authors of the report were very surprised by their findings, it is not shocking to those who have read the Scriptures.

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (I Timothy 6:9-10).

This passage clearly describes the dangers that come with materialism. Consider also what the Lord said in Luke 12:15,

“Then He said to them, ‘Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.'”

And who can forget what the Lord also said in Luke 18:25,

“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

At the very least, these passages sound a warning against materialism or the love of money. Those who place their emphasis on riches are not only less happy than those who do not, they run a very serious risk of losing their souls.

The second study I saw was actually an older study, conducted by the University of Denver and originally published in July of 2009. The opening statement in the study stated that, “researchers find that couples who live together before they are engaged have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they are married to live together.” In addition, those couples who lived together before marriage reported a lower satisfaction in their marriages. While this study may not be ground-breaking, it confirms once again that God knows what is best for mankind and that God’s way is better than man’s way. Over the years, many have defended cohabitating before marriage as a “wise” decision so that they can “test” the relationship before “jumping into” marriage. However, they were really sabotaging their best hope for a happy marriage and a relationship that would be pleasing to God.

When will man learn that God knows best? How many times must we repeat Proverbs 14:12,

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”?

Or Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.'”?

Can’t we just accept that fact that we need to listen to God?

 

 

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