The Misadventures of Cheri

Mortifying my kids one swimsuit at a time

God’s not in it

on July 18, 2012

I hate hearing this.  Okay, okay, there are times that a person makes a stupid, willful decision and God is not pleased.  Ya know, murdering, lying, cheating, etc.  This is what irks me . . . when people have a failure in life and they believe the failure was simply the fact that God wasn’t “in” it.

What scripture supports that?  Even Jesus, JESUS, had what the world would see as failure.  It’s right there in Matthew 11:20, “Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.”  (NIV)  So, if you follow my brand of Christianity, Jesus = God.  To me, if you see that failure = no God then how could Jesus have performed miracles and many people didn’t repent?  Wouldn’t that count as a failure in the world’s eyes?  And the lack of the presence of God in some Christian’s eyes?

The fact of the matter is that God is in the successes and the failures.   He works both things for our good.  In “One Thousand Gifts,” author Ann Voskamp asserts that maybe the only thing negative about failures (and bad things in general) are our feelings.  We perceive things as bad, but we don’t know the whole story.  We don’t know how things are going to end.  We don’t know how things would have gone if everything in our life was hunky dory.

We don’t know.

That’s why we trust a God who does know.  And if we’re smart, we quit questioning him on every little hiccup in life and trust that He has our best interests at heart.

And He is Good.

 

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One response to “God’s not in it

  1. You are poetically brilliant. I love you Cheri!

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