I was sitting in our Kurios service last night as Corey Parnell shared. He was saying things I’ve heard many times growing up, but not so much lately. He told a story of his mom disciplining him and her standing right behind him as he had to go and apologize to a kid he made fun of. The picture was of God standing over us making sure we did what was right.
As he shared I thought, “there are some Christians who aren’t going to like that analogy.” As soon as I thought that I felt the Lord say, “but those people are independent and self-reliant.”
I was born and raised in Central Oregon, so I know the independent, do-it-yourself, attitude very well. But that attitude can often get in the way of receiving all that God has for us. It’s almost like we think we know better than God. Paul wrote in Romans 11:34, “For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?” Yet how often do I put myself in His place by my independent streak?
God isn’t standing over me making sure I do what’s right…but what if he is…who are we to say, “that’s not right?” Can’t God act however He wants or do we only accept Him and His work if we like how it does it? We must always be careful to not allow the culture we live in to dictate how we think God should act. Remember: we are the clay and He is the potter. Not the other way around.