In the last article, I said that God can do the impossible. Yet, there is a danger in this for all of us.
The Danger We Can Get In
Here’s the danger. We can start to think that God should be our genie in a bottle. That He should “fix” whatever is NOT going our way.
I mean He’s omnipotent, right? And He loves me, right? So, God will fix this for me, right?
Well…not always. As I’ve said, God’s ways are SO much higher than mine. He sees things I don’t see. He knows things I don’t know.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
Here’s how my thinking often goes. He should heal my loved ones. He should rescue me from this hardship. He should make my spouse behave. You’ve heard it expressed like this, “If God is a loving god, then why did He let this happen to me?”
This is dangerous thinking. It sets you up ABOVE God. It implies that you know better. This is a very dangerous position to be in.
Do you have kids? If so, what usually happens when they get too big for their britches and start thinking they know it all? It usually doesn’t end well. They make bad choices. They do stupid things.
We are no different.
I don’t always understand or like what is happening. But, I don’t need to understand God. I just need to trust and believe in His goodness. When you go off down this dangerous road of thinking you are letting your flesh put you in a precarious position. Now, not only are you dealing with a troubling problem in the natural world, but you are also treading on thin ice spiritually.
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29 NIV
It is better to endure the hardships here while hanging on to your relationship with God, than to let dangerous thinking steal even that from you.