We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.–1 John 5:9
How long does it take to cook a pot roast? Four hours? No. This morning, I was watching Rachael Ray, and she made a variation on pot roast that only took the time between two commercial breaks. Amazing, eh? At every juncture, every showing of the wonderful-looking slab of meat, the studio audience broke into “spontaneous” cheering. But who wouldn’t these people all knew they were going to get a bite of that marvelous meat.
Rachael’s pot roast tasted fabulous. How do I know? Does my television have state-of-the-art fragrance emitters? Not exactly. I know that her roast was great because she said it was great, and she is Rachael Ray. The opinion of Rachael Ray is trustworthy because she says that it is. And would they audience have been cheering if the food weren’t delicious (even though they haven’t eaten any)?
I’m indulging in circular reasoning here, but I’m in good company since John is doing the same thing. The testimony of God is trustworthy because it’s the testimony of God. But why? At some point, asking why, we might wind up sounding like a little child who asks “why?” about every answer. Somewhere along the line, when asked “why?” enough times, the adult has to say, “That’s just the way it is.” Similarly, when dealing with testimony, we have to stop doubting at some point or just wallow in endless uncertainty.
When it comes to pot roast, I’m willing to stop my doubting in the kitchen of Rachael Ray. In matters of eternity, I’ll go to a more venerable chef and trust in the testimony of God.