My youngest daughter has the gift–which at times is a curse–for telling it like it is. Molly has no problem with “speaking the truth,” but the “in love” part can be a bit tricky. To be blunt, she’s, well, blunt.
“Should I bring you the thermometer, Mama?” she asked at around age 5. “You look really, really bad.”
Like I said, she tells it like it is.
God, though, has a different ability. Paul wrote that God “calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). He doesn’t tell it like it is. He tells it like it isn’t.
What does that mean? It means that where there is fear, God speaks peace. It means where there is oppression, He sets free. For the empty, He fills and to the aimless, He gives purpose. It means that, for the boys at Blackbox International, God brings beauty from ashes. He trades darkness for light and despair for hope.
It means that God is graciously backwards and good. He’s in the business of changing the story for those who need it most.
He “calls things that are not as though they were.” What fantastic news! God tells it like it isn’t.