I have had some things going on in my life that have gotten me thinking about how people view God and the “reputation” that he ends up having amongst people who follow Christ and those who do not follow Christ. Many times I hear people say something along these lines – “if God is good or if He loved us, why would he put those rules/ standards/ expectations on me?” This mindset is basically who is God to tell me “no”, when I want it. And when He says “no”, or “don’t touch” or “stay” He is some kind of ogre or some foolish or strict parent. He gets the reputation as the bad guy, the buzz kill, a tyrant who takes away good options, or just plain old mean.
Let me say it very clearly – God always has your best intentions in mind. ALWAYS! We may not see it or get it or like it or trust it or whatever, but God gives us so much grace and mercy in ways we just do not even fathom. One of those ways is when he warns us in the Bible and then we do not listen and then we get mad at the results. God offered you and me the grace to spare us from whatever pain we are experiencing, but we did not listen. Why is that on him? He said do not take that train, it will crash. The train crashes. And then we and those around us blame God for allowing the train to crash while we were in it.
The Bible talks about missing the grace God gives us and the author says when we miss the grace of God, a root of bitterness is planted God loves you. God has your best in mind. It is not about don’t, it is about don’t hurt yourself. God is not out to get us. If we only knew, how much heartache he is trying to spare us from. Look for the grace God gives and trust that grace. Let’s all stop blaming God for our foolish steps.