If I were God

To be honest, sometimes I find it difficult to understand God. He just doesn't always make the decisions I would make if I were in his place. For example, if I were God, I wouldn't let it rain over the fields of mean and hateful peasants. Only good and honest farmers would get rain from me, but the Bible says that God drops his rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5,45).

If I were God, only the bad people would die early and the good people would live a long happy life. But the Bible says that sometimes God just kills the righteous because they are supposed to escape evil (Isaiah 57, 1). If I were God, I would always let everyone know exactly what to expect in the future. There is no question of what I thought about something. Everything would be carefully planned and easy to understand. But the Bible says that God only lets us see through a cloudy mirror (1 Corinthians 13, 12). If I were God, there would be no suffering in this world. But God says that this world does not belong to him, but to the devil, and therefore he does not always intervene and let things happen that we cannot understand (2 Corinthians 4, 4).

If I were God, Christians would not be persecuted, after all they are just trying to follow God and do what He tells them to do. But the Bible says that anyone who follows God will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

If I were God, life's challenges would be equally difficult for everyone. But the Bible says that each of us struggles with different things and that our struggles cannot be beaten by us or anyone else. (Hebrews 12: 1)

I am not God - fortunately for this world. God has a definite advantage over me: He is omniscient and I am not. Judging by the choices God makes for my life or another person's life is pure stupidity, because only God knows when to receive rain and when not. Only he knows when to live or die. Only he knows when it is good for us to understand things and happenings and when not. Only he knows which fights and challenges bring about the best results in our lives and which do not. Only he knows how he works on us, so that he is glorified.

So it's not about us, it's just about him and that's why we should keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12, 2). It is not always easy to follow this call, but it is still a better alternative than believing that I would do better than God.

by Barbara Dahlgren

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