King Darius leaned over the lion’s den and asked Daniel, “…is thy God…able to deliver thee…?” (Daniel 6:20). An uneasy world wonders today whether the Christians’ God can save us in the hour of trial. Blessed is that man who, though sore beset, can answer, “Yes, He is able to keep what I have committed; able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think; able to make all grace abound; able to succour the tempted; able to save to the uttermost; able to keep us from falling; able to subdue all things unto himself.” And, above Darius, stands our Lord asking, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” If we can reply, “Yea, Lord,” He will answer, “According to your faith be it unto you.”
And he thought within himself…
Why reason ye among yourselves?
Come now, and let us reason together.
Contrary to the ideas of some, God does not discourage reason. He wants us to reason with Him. Reasoning within ourselves we arrive at conclusions as wrong as did the rich fool who planned for “many years,” when God said, “This night…”
Reasoning among ourselves we do no better. The scribes and Pharisees were always reasoning (Mk. 11:31; Lk. 5:21) but their conclusions led to the crucifying of our Saviour. The disciples reasoned (Mk. 8:17; Lk. 9:46; 24:15), but they reasoned amiss until the Lord cleared things up.
God wants us to reason together with Him on the basis of revelation, not on our poor logic. “The heart has its reasons of which the reason knows nothing,” said Pascal. There is a higher logic, which the natural man cannot receive; it is foolishness to him. But if we will let God reason with us, He will reveal His wisdom from above by the Spirit.
“While they…reasoned, Jesus himself drew near” (Lk. 24:15). Let Him clear up your problems!