Our culture is really “up” for questioning God…being honest (about being upset) with God…expecting answers from God. But what about the God who expects some things out of us…has limits on how far He will let us go in our expectations of Him?
It is easier to understand a little more of His character if we realize that it is somewhat similar to the way we feel as parents. Think of a challenging time you lived through with your kids. You were patient and loving through an extended time of questioning authority and rebellion. But at a given point…you just expected some things out of your kids. You had been more than patient with the pushing. You were “done”.
Our culture is very lopsided in its view of God. That view of God shows up in terrible ways…like unengaged parenting. Quiet, contentment, and consistency are an unknown in home after home. For kids…knowing where a parent is coming from is a lot like nailing Jell-O to the wall. Generations are growing up without a consistent and balanced God and without consistent, balanced parents.
Sadly, our culture spent decades where ritual and rules dominated. There was a God to be feared and respected and yet a God that was mostly unreachable.
To our detriment, for a large part of our culture (including those heavily involved in church and ministry) the pendulum has swung 180 degrees to the opposite side. We have fashioned a God of our own who puts up with anything and everything. Yet…in doing so, we have fashioned a God we cannot respect or revere. Ultimately, that makes Him a God we cannot trust. This…is a God who is not worthy of our worship.
Thankfully, not all of us have fashioned this God. Still…we are influenced. Sometimes our pendulum swings a little over to the side of center. We lose balance in our understanding of God. If we do not go to Him many times a day for wisdom and understanding…if we are not conscious of our heart wavering…our view of God will be off center. We too will be fashioning a God who isn’t fully real. Without realizing it, we will believe just enough of a lie to rock our world when life hurts because we mistakenly believe that He failed us.
We must remember and rehearse God’s faithfulness. We must be renewed through His Word, prayer and the encouragement of our believing friends.
We must remember:
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (HCSB) 9 The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? 10 I, Yahweh, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Our prayer should be:
Psalm 139:23-24 (HCSB) 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.