This leads to some very interesting “conversations” in our house!
Reference: Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. (Genesis 15:13 NIV)
Explore: My husband sees things in black and white, whereas I see things more in grey. This leads to some very interesting “conversations” in our house!
You see, if our daughter is late to bed my husband sees that as her breaking the rules and she should have a consequence. Whereas I see the reasons why she was late (doing homework, the printer not working, and having to iron her uniform) and decide to waive the rule.
Black and white is defined with no exceptions. Grey is always exceptional with no definition.
As I said, it creates for some “interesting” conversations!
Application: I find that God works within both the black and white and the grey. I wouldn’t think that is possible but then again, He is God!
On the one hand, God gives amazing exception through grace. While on the other hand, He is firm and definite in His commands.
Even here with Abram He says, “Know for certain…” There are some things God is very firm on.
As we determine our theology and navigate the character of God, let’s be open to the fact that God is more diverse than we can ever imagine. And He’s still open to being explored.
Prayer: Lord, as we go through our day, may we be open to Your character and plan. Amen.
Would you see yourself as black and white or more grey?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.