Challenging God or challenging us?
This is something that I have been thinking about for a while – coming to terms where I stand when I am challenged and is that challenge directed towards me or to God?
Since I entirely depend upon God in all things, what if He withdraws His help? Will I be so bold and daring? How will I know He is with me or not with me?
I think of Jonathan and his body-guard putting a fleece out there to see if God was with them or not before they went and killed 600 men of the opposing army. Also David, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that no one defies a follower of God – and he went to take Goliath on. Just a few expressions of how different we can approach God – maybe based on our relationship with Him.
So I have taken the position that when I am challenged for who I am, my character, my personality – the challenger is challenging God. If it is a Christian doing the challenging, I always pray and ask God to forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. If it is not a follower of Jesus Christ, I ask God for an extra dose of love so that I can show them what they see – in other words – make God’s love visible.
On the other hand, us super-sensitive or hypersensitive types need to take a pill and chill because it is not always about us, it probably has to do with resentment of seeing God in us in a special and unique manner that makes people lash out on any given day.
Thank God you are challenged, because if you were not – maybe you do not have your Father’s eyes – yet.
- Be (bdaniel17.wordpress.com)
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (leadmeintheeverlastingway.com)
- The Immanuel Principle (holyminestrone.com)