Crushing God January 28, 2016Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
Do you know – have you experienced or have you seen – someone who is being constantly criticized by his/her parents, spouse, children, boss, etc.?
No matter what he/she does, it’s just never good enough. Never appreciation or encouragement for what’s done right, nothing about the effort or what’s been accomplished. Instead, always how it should have been done better, or sooner …. or something.
Nag, nag, nag, gripe and complain. “What’s wrong with you???” or “is that really the best you can do?” Or maybe, “don’t you care?”
And I would guess that the person delivering these barbs is generally unaware of doing so, or of how much pain is being inflicted. Maybe their “well-intentioned” comments are not even intended to cause damage. Perhaps they think it’s “constructive criticism.”
But what about the way we treat God? Do we ever complain – to Him or to others – that His goodness toward us isn’t good enough; that His grace isn’t gracious enough, or that His provision is inadequate? Of course, we think God is tough and is more than capable of brushing off our noise. We don’t think (or maybe we don’t) that we could actually hurt Him.
But He says otherwise:
… I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols… Ezekiel 6:9
Wow! God was crushed! And that by people who did not have His holy Spirit within them. How it must crush Him when we complain! Like the ancient Israelites grumbling in their tents, we think our proposed answers to prayer are better than God’s response. Why do we ask Him for wisdom if we think we’re already wiser than He is?
I don’t know, but it occurs to me that maybe we’re put on the receiving end of this sort of unkindness so we’ll know how God feels when His children moan and complain about the way He does (or doesn’t do) things. Maybe this has something to do with the “fellowship of His sufferings” in Philippians 3:10.
Let’s bear this in mind the next time we’re criticized, and especially the next time we may be tempted to complain about anything. The opposite of covetousness is contentment. Colossians 3:5 equates covetousness with idolatry, which is EXACTLY what crushed God. Conversely, “godliness with contentment is great gain,” as we read in 1 Timothy 6:6.