Is God Black and White?

We want life to be in black and white. If I do this, I get this result. When I have this problem, I can fix it with this. And if I do this it will work the same every time.

But there are complexities and uncertainties in life. There are situations when there is no easy or clear-cut answer. Most of life is gray, in fact.

Google dictionary defines gray area as “an ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules.” The gray defies the odds, confuses our concrete brains, smudges the lines of black and white, chases us from certainty into uncertainty and order into chaos.

If life is not always black and white, is God? Obedience is black and white. The punishment for sin is black and white. But is God black and white?

For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The punishment for sin is death – that’s black and white – but here comes the gray. But God… Despite the black and white penalty, God created gray through His mercy and grace. God continues to show His love in the grayest of areas; in the difficulties of life and in the muck and complexity of our sins. Mercy withholds what we undoubtedly deserve. Grace offers its sweet, undeserving relief. Mercy and grace, they dwell in the gray. And God is the Creator of them.

So, is God black and white?

We wouldn’t have as big of a need for God if all of life was black and white. But the gray leaves us helpless and dependent, struggling and burdened, uncertain and misplaced. It requires an incredible amount of faith. We beg for wisdom and guidance in the gray. We beg for deliverance. The unknown requires constant effort to trust in His powerful and perfect hand.

When life is unclear, and everything you thought you knew turns upside-down, remember God knows even the gray. His hand is still working in the gray. You may feel out of control, but you’re not out of His control. This is where His goodness and faithfulness flows; this is where mercy and grace abound; this is where our complete dependency on Him remains absolutely necessary.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). All things: the black and white and the gray; the circumstances which are clear and unclear; the ones which make sense and the ones which don’t.

When sorrow consumes your heart, but God…
When you lose a job, but God…
When life is chaotic, but God…
When you aren’t sure what to do, but God…
When work is stressful, but God…
When your children are exhausting, but God…
When schedules conflict, but God…
When you struggle through life, but God…
When money is tight, but God…
When a friend betrays, but God…
When vehicles break down, but God…
When the diagnosis is devastating, but God…
When life is uncertain, but God…

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us… made us alive together with Christ… so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4,5,7

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