‘I believe in God, and I know He is God and can do all things. However, I also believe He has given us knowledge so that we can make informed decisions based on this knowledge. Let us not tempt God in our decisions. Some things cannot change. What can God do?’-excerpt,paraphrased.
Not tempt God?
What can God do?
I felt betrayed. It was like a sucker punch to my gut. It literally took the wind out of my sails.
After crying and yelling and railing, I went back to thinking. Decided to find out the meaning of tempt. Here’s what I got:
Tempt-To entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain.
To induce to do something.
To risk provoking.
Going further, I checked the meaning of provoke.
Provoke-to incite to anger-both from the Merriam Websters Dictionary of the English language.
Now….what can God do?
Wow…hmmm….a question that a lot of us have asked(with our actions). How?
When we are impatient,having bought into the ‘now’ culture which has pervaded the secular world and now intruded and taken over our Churches,the need for instant gratification evident when we go ahead to venture into a business deal without His backing or endorsement,because it looks like it may yield immediate profit.
The craze that has become picking out a life partner by ourselves,without waiting for Him to bring who He has prepared for us.
The way we forget to pray when we get ill.
Looking to others-people like you and I,running this same race of life, for validation. And despising them when they cannot provide that which only God can.
In each way we turn to our selves first,our money,our friends, our families(first), what we are really doing is asking God what He can do.
I’d never heard the words put so succinctly before and they sounded so blasphemous to my ears,so I recoiled in horror because, hypocrite that I am( I am really no better because I had only subconsciously thought it amd not voiced it), I thought,for just a minute there,that I was better. And I asked the stupidest question ever. ‘How can you say such a thing?’
But the real question should have been ‘what CAN’T He do?’
And in that second,I realised why the statement ‘don’t tempt God’ had always grated.
Don’t tempt God? How,exactly? How can us,mere humans do that? Seduce Him?(I guffawed at the thought) By inducing Him to do something?
We make Him too small.
Is there anything that He doesn’t already know? Is there anything you want to ask that He didn’t lay in your heart? Is there anything you want to ask that hasn’t been asked? The desires and wishes of man haven’t changed from creation and the fall of man. God has been dealing with our kind since for ever.
Since when does faith provoke God to anger?
Since when is believing the very nature,the very essence of God wrong?
Because if believing the impossible is tempting God,I might as well resign to tempting Him my whole life. The idea of a man who died two thousand years ago being the salvation of the whole world is ludicrous,really,based on common knowledge.
But it isn’t knowledge that pleases God. Faith is.