Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Where do you insert God?

Have you ever been working on a computer document, copied a chunk of text, tried to paste it, and had it disappear or show up in a completely different part of the document? 

Or... "That's not where I wanted to insert that picture in my blog post! Why don't you just go where I tell you?"

The computer isn't likely to have a good response, and maybe that can teach us something about patience and persistance. But, how often do we do the same thing to God?

I read an article this week with an intriguing title: Sued by Fontainebleu, banks could cite 'act of God' as defense for refusing funds:
Legal experts say the banks attempting to back out of their commitment to finance the Fontainebleau Las Vegas might defend their decision by arguing the economic downturn that has created doubts about the project’s future is an act of God.
This is a great example of someone trying to insert God into a society where He's been told often that He has no place.  God, we need to use You here, but that's it. Stick to Your corner. I can just imagine God chuckling when He sees us trying to put Him in such a tiny space and keep Him out of the rest at the same time.

Financial advisors aren't the only ones who try to [Insert (God) Here.] Don't we do the same thing? Okay Lord, here's my church: I'll come visit You there, but I'd really rather You didn't come home with me. All right, Lord, You can come home with me, but I really need You to stay out of the school room when I get angry at my kids. 

Remember, we don't serve a God of insertions and deletions. It's frustrating, but also such a relief when we realize that He doesn't fit in our boxes. Because when we get right down to it, would we want Him to?

"Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. ...Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand. ...Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you." (Job 40:9-14)

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