Drive time seems to be one of the most opportune teaching times, although being prepared for those opportunities is another story. Recently while driving in the car with my very wise fifth grader, she asked me a very simple question. “So, mom if God is too pure to look on sin then how did Satan talk to God about Job?” Really? Do fifth graders think of questions like this one? Yes. So along the way after a few fumbles with my words, we searched the Scripture for God’s answer.
The first thing to consider while answering the question are the Scripture she was referencing. One can note in Job 1:6 “that when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, Satan came along with them.” In addition there are the accusers before God in Revelation 12:10. It is also true that God sees all as in Proverbs 5:21, Psalm 33:13-15 and Jeremiah 16:17 “For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes”.
So if God is able to see all, then where did the idea that God could not look upon sin originate? It came from Habakkuk 1:13, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing”. It will benefit us to understand what it means to “look” on evil in the Hebrew definition. The word is nabat and defined as “looking intently with favor”. So the verse is verifying that God is too pure to look on evil with favor. God can look on anything He pleases, but He does not look on evil or sin with favor, therefore “the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths” (Pro. 5:21).
In summary, drive time is some of the best time to have conversations with people and it is the best time for them to pose difficult questions. Some of the most challenging questions are from kids, but it is so good that God did not leave us without a ready answer. So remember, God stated to teach people along the way and as you go, leaving His disciples with ready answers in His Word.
Today’s post is by guest blogger Deanna Huff. Deanna is a member of Oklahoma City, Capital Hill. She teaches at Christian Heritage Academy.