Most of us argue with God. We argue with Him about who we really are, and about what He has done for us.
Pretty stupid, eh? Of course, it depends on who or what we think God is. If we think God is just like a man, then we can argue all we want. Who knows, we might get our way and outsmart god. That’s right, small “g” because if we really could argue with god and win, then he wouldn’t really be God after all. Yet, there are a lot of people who have that view of God. That kind of God cannot create the heavens or the earth, plan our lives or protect us. Then again, that god is very convenient because with a god like that, we don’t have to worry about anybody telling what to do or how to live – we can do as we please. This is the idea that Satan would love for everybody to have about God.
Then there is the other extreme – the god who is very large, and all-powerful, hence, impersonal. Somebody who is all-powerful tends to want to be treated like TinMan or Scarecrow or Lion initially treated the Wizard of Oz – with great fear and trepidation. He is so great he could never be our friend, or even take the time of day for us. He is too important and way to busy for us. Kinda like aloof – “Way up there.” Satan likes that idea too. Why bother going to a god who does not care?
But then, I guess that is why we argue with God. We really don’t want to believe He is Who He says He is! If he is god number 1, then he surely cannot heal our diseases, or manage our affairs. Certainly, not those of a world of over 6 billion people – all at the same time. On the other hand, if he is god #2, he would never care to even be involved in our lives. Yeah he made the world, but now leave him alone already, alright!? Kinda like the dirty, stinky, greasy homeless man wanting a date with Miss America. Really? You can hear the Valley Girl talk already – “Like, gag me with a spoon!”
God is both and neither of those. He loves us like a loving father loves his child. He is almighty and all-powerful and really did make the heavens and the earth, and He is REALLY big. In fact He fills the universe. He also longs to fill your hearts, if you’ll let Him! He would never force His way – He is not like that. HE longs for you to know Him personally. He wants to heal you. He wants to bless you with good things. He wants to redeem your marriage. He wants to talk with you and guide and direct you every day, but He will never force His way on you. He wants a family that wants Him.
See, I can hear the arguing starting already! “God wants ME?? No way!” Or, “God is too busy to heal me!” Or, “God doesn’t bless people, people get what they work for!” Again, Satan loves those lies. He came up with all of them! Then tell me, why does God say certain things in the Bible? For example, like this:
Isaiah 40:11 – “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.”
Why does God want us to know Him as Someone who carries His lambs in His bosom? And why would He care enough to “gently” lead those who are with young? Notice the passage says He feeds His flock like a shepherd, He doesn’t make them go find food in the wilderness all by themselves. It is an action by a loving shepherd.
Ever thought about what pleases God – what REALLY makes Him happy? Scripture tells us!
1 Corinthians 1:21-22 – God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
It actually pleased God that we came to know Him! Don’t think HE didn’t know what you did last summer, or even last night. And guess what else, He even knows what terrible thing you will do next! It didn’t change His opinion of you. He is PLEASED to have you in relationship with Him!
One other thing. Can you tell me ONE time when a person came to Jesus for healing in the gospels that Jesus did not heal them? Far as I can tell, EVERY person to come to Jesus for healing got healed – AND forgiven. Hebrews tells me that –
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” -Hebrews 1:3
So, wanna know who God is? Look at Jesus. Jesus was never too aloof. In fact that is what got him in trouble with the pharisees, remember? That He hung out with sinners. Even Jesus Himself said, “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” -John 14:9
Stop arguing with God. He said He loves you. He wants to heal you. He longs to spend time with you. He wants to talk with you. Enjoy Him! Worship Him!