As I have been praying lately, I've realized that I can fall into a certain temptation of thinking God isn't powerful enough to do whatever I'm asking of Him in prayer. I assume that this person won't be healed or that person will fall into sin or I will never change because...and I wouldn't say this out loud...but, because I don't think God is up for the job. Clearly, this must be out of His hands if the sin is never vanquished or the person dies. Because the current result isn't what I think it should be, then I've written off God's power and His work in it. I leave no room for God's bigger and better plans. And I am left feeling disappointed. Or disillusioned in a God whom I had thought was mighty, but apparently is not.
Are you settling for an impotent God? If you are tempted to do this as I've admitted to, then here's the truth: We have created a god in our own image. This is NOT the one, true God.
Looking around me, I see magazine covers glorifying a former athlete dressed as a woman. I hear stories of one celebrity after another 'coming out of the closet'. There are pastors and singers falling into temptation and disobeying the God they've professed. Online articles celebrating five-year old tomboys being told they're actually really boys, not girls.
Are we accepting sin because we don't think anything can be done about it? Is God without power to save and transform? Maybe our own created image of a god is impotent, but not the God of all gods and the King of all kings.
And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 1 Corinthians 6: 14
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19: 26
Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand? Job 26: 14
May we all increase in faith! Next time we are making apologies for God, may we be stopped short and remember that His ways are far higher than ours and we can't even begin to understand His plans for us. If a dear loved one dies, is that because God was powerless? Absolutely not. His ways far exceed my human comprehension. May I trust Him all the more. He is a trustworthy promise-keeper who is a good and perfect Father. When someone stops fighting against sin and wants us all to just "accept" him as he is, may we re-direct him to the transforming power of Jesus Christ! Our God takes us as we are and changes us so that we are conformed more and more into the image of His glorious Son.
May we never settle for impotency in our God or the faith He has given us. Heed this warning and turn to God:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3: 1-5
Fight the good fight and be strong and mighty in the Lord. The Lord your God is in your midst and He is mighty to save.