The God of the Bible is not a comfortable God. He claims to be an all powerful, loving God yet He will not guarantee us a pleasant life. Little wonder the Israelites in the Old Testament were drawn to other gods and why today we are tempt towards other schools of thought. If God is not going to make my life easier, why should I take a leap of faith?
When it comes to most things in life we want to know, what’s in for me? Putting aside our agendas to pursuit an unsure path is a huge risk and one we don’t take lightly. We may look at history and consider the damage brought about by religious zealots who thought they alone had a monopoly on truth. We may look at science and wonder if one day all the miracles and mysteries of life will be solved through scientific exploration. We may contemplate the illogicalness of believing in a God who would take the initiative to be involved in humanity. We may question the sanity of a Jewish carpenter claiming to be God. We may decide the most rational thing to do is conclude there are many paths to God and its best to be tolerant of other people’s belief. After all it is safer not to upset those whose religious tendencies move them towards violent behaviour.
So we adopt the thinking that if someone can manage a reasonably comfortable 70 plus years on earth they have done well. Yet so many spend all their energies just surviving life’s difficulties, trying to eek out a living, and not become overwhelmed by their daily worries. One is incline to think, is that all there is to life? What relevance is any god to the daily grind?
The problem with this approach is that the whole focus is on us and our limited view of the world. But supposing it is not about us? Supposing human life is not the pinnacle? What if there is an unseen spiritual world that is more enduring than what we see. Life can make sense once we stop believing we are the centre of attention. Once we stop looking for ways to entice God to bless our plans and start wondering what God’s plans are for the world, for this community, and for my life.
Once the focus is off ourselves, we may begin to see things a whole lot more clearly.
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