Pay everyone whatever you owe them. If you owe taxes, pay them. If you owe tolls, pay them. If you owe someone respect, respect that person. If you owe someone honor, honor that person. Romans 13:7 (GW)
I’m sure you’ve seen an insect such as a fly struggling desperately to escape to the outside world through a closed window. He never gives up. His frenzied effort would be almost funny if it weren’t a life and death struggle. He backs off. flies into the glass head on, Crashes. backs off, flies into the glass head on again, and again, and again. He totally exhausts himself and drops dead on the windowsill. Little did he know he was doomed from the start.
Human nature is much like that common housefly. We have a tendency to want to rage against God constantly, while our lives are spinning out of control. We continue to raise our fists toward heaven and dare God to make His presence known, while not having a clue as to what a powerful force we are dealing with. I mean would you purposely enter into a lion’s cage and pick a fight with a hungry lion and have no protection from when that lion decides to attack? I mean if that lion wanted too, just one gulp would be all it would take to end your battle against him.
Knowing the nature of a lion, we are not quick to pick a fight with one. I guess we reason because God has not been quick to show retaliation we can hurl insults at Him unabated. Because God chooses to be long suffering toward insolent people he is much maligned. We stand and shake our fists at Him believing he is either not there, asleep at the wheel, non-caring or some other foolish notion.
Let’s take a look at a few of these arguments. If God does not exist then what is the use of shaking your fist at him? Is it because your own life is so out of control you have to blame someone or something for it? So you pick a non-existent deity to blame for your failures? If not, you really look foolish blaming someone who does not exist for your problems. Your problems obviously would be a result of your own decisions.
Okay, if as you say He does not care, why bother shaking your fist in the air at a non-caring godhead. After all, you postulate that he does not care. You know this from personal experience so all your complaining and badgering is not going to change the mind of an uncaring person so that they’d actually care. In fact, you stand to risk alienating yourself further from this non-caring entity, don’t you think?
Perhaps he is asleep or very involved, so therefore, you figure if you make enough noise he is bound to take notice eventually. Well this may make some sense. If you keep knocking on someone’s door, sooner or later something is bound to happen. You may not like the result but you will most certainly get a response. Who knows, they may just take pity on you and offer you some help. At least, you acknowledge that a sleeping god can be aroused, because he exists.
No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Heb 11:6 (GW)
Wouldn’t it be far easier to believe that God actually cares for you and is just waiting to reach out to you? If you just come to him humbly and surrender yourself to him. You would not come into the presence of the President of the United States shaking your fist and demanding he do something for you, would you? OH wait! In our current social realm I guess we do have people doing just that. They show no respect for the office or for the holder of the office. For some reason they feel that the President of the United States is their own personal whipping boy. They can say and do whatever they want because they do not have to suffer instant reprisals as a result of their insolence.
If however the office holder was not so tolerant as is often the case in foreign nations, then your actions would be met with quick reprisals. This might not be beneficial to you.
Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes he will honor you. Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (GW)
The best approach then would be to enter into the presence of Almighty God with reverent fear and awe, and make your request respectfully and thoughtfully. Afford Him the courtesy we are so short of in this nation. And stop banging your head against the window like a common housefly.
Give the Lord the respect He deserves. After all He is the one who can open up a window of escape to you from your torment, if you only let Him.
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)