Trust in God — he is just
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WE ALL like to get our own way.
One day I was in a supermarket and I overheard a familiar scenario; a very tired child demanding to get what he wanted to a frazzled mum who was trying to complete her shopping before the child completely lost it.
Does this sound familiar to you?
It brought back memories to me and in my mind, I was willing the mum not to give in.
In a desperate attempt to pacify the child, she gave in to his tantrum. I can remember thinking that child has just discovered that if you make enough noise you will get what you want. Not good parenting.
Some years ago, I was checking baggage in before a flight, when my attention was drawn to a middle-aged hysterical woman who was trying to convince an official that her bag was small enough to pass as hand luggage.
He said, ‘‘Madam, this bag is too big, it will not fit through the sizing shape’’.
The lady was no doubt tired and frustrated but everyone heard her scream, ‘‘It will fit, it will fit’’. As she pounded her poor bag until it squeezed through that iron shape.
The official looked on in dismay.
From memory, the woman won the battle. She was no doubt used to winning battles; they probably began in the supermarket.
Can we or should we always get our own way?
Unfortunately, many people grow up thinking that if they make a big enough scene they will get what they want.
This strategy may work for a bit but eventually you will run out of patient, flexible people to give in to your selfish demands.
A wise parent doesn’t give in to every whim of their child rather trains them to have measured expectations, cope with loosing and be unselfish.
We demonstrate our love towards our children and train them by giving them firm boundaries.
God is like a wise parent, he knows us well and places firm boundaries around us to protect us and train us to become more like his son Jesus.
If God allowed us to get our own way all of our lives and then permitted us to receive the heavenly reward he would not be acting justly. No, God is just. He must punish us for our wrongdoing and throwing a tantrum will not change his mind.
The bible tells us all people sin and the result is spiritual death. Not a good outcome.
Fortunately, God is not only just, but loving.
The bible also says, the free gift of God (believing and receiving Jesus) is Eternal Life.
This is very good news for ‘tantrum-throwing’ people like you and me.
May you find forgiveness and restoration by trusting in Jesus.
Pastor David Lloyd Community Church Kyabram