We are often reminded that God’s ways are not always our ways. More often than not, we don’t understand why things are like they are. We wait for God to crush evil people or to relieve the burdens of His children. We wait. And it often seems God isn’t paying attention. It just doesn’t seem fair.
But the truth is, God’s patience is at play because He’s not as concerned about displaying our definition of “fair,” as much as displaying His grace and mercy toward people who need Him. His ways are not our ways. They are always better than our ways.
David reminds us we humans are made “a little less than God.” (8:5a) Yes, we are crowned with glory and honor and placed in charge of creation; to care for and rule over everything God made. But we are still NOT God, and never will be because we were not created His equal. We were created less than God.
Russel D. Moore addressed that in my Apologetics Study Bible (CSB Apologetics Study Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, 2017, p645) and pointed out that people who reject creation as described in the Bible, and especially those who believe in the theory of evolution, believe humans are created – or evolved – a little higher than animals.
That’s a different mind-set than believing we are created a bit lower than God. No wonder it’s so easy for many evolutionists to support abortion and euthanasia. They believe human life is no different from that of an amoeba, no more valuable than a rodent or an ape.
Yet the Bible tells us we are uniquely created in the image of God; like Him with a higher ability to think, feel, choose, deduce, plan, and recognize the difference between good and evil, than the rest of creation. Designed just one rung below God. But that rung isn’t close to God’s.
Closer, yes. But not even close to equal.
That’s why we bow to His sovereignty, we trust His plan even if we are unable to understand it. We who know Him because God created us with the ability to know Him (unlike anything else in all of creation), can rest in His righteousness and sing about the name of the LORD Most High.
LORD, our Lord, how magnificent is your name throughout the earth! (8:1)