Southern Buddy

GOD IS NOT YOUR BUDDY!

These may seem like harsh words, but they are absolutely true. God is not your friend. He is not one of your pals.

Make no mistake. God loves each and every one of us dearly, but He is the Almighty Creator. We should treat Him as such. Think of all the hymns. Several of them speak of what a friend we have in Jesus, but none of them mention that God the Father is our amigo.

When Job was being tested by Satan to see if he would curse God, Job had a conversation with a few of his companions during which they offered their opinions on his situation. Throughout this discourse, Job decided to question God, though not in sin. Unfortunately for Job, God finally answered. “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: ‘Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ (Job 38:1-3)”

God then proceeds to make evident His omnipotence by asking Job rhetorical questions such as “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!” “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place?” “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?” All of these can be found in Job 38.

Obviously, Job was not present when the earth was formed, has not caused the sun to rise, and cannot control the stars. “Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ ‘I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’ (Job 42:1-6)”

When it was made apparent to him, Job acknowledged how small he was compared to the magnitude of God. The ancient Israelites would not say the name of God out of reverence. They wouldn’t even write it fully, only as YHWH. They knew their sinful lips were not worthy to utter the name of God. Fast-forward to 2016 where we use the holy name of the most powerful being in existence as an expletive or interjection. I am just as guilty as anyone.

We need to remember that, in the grand scheme of things, we are nothing when measured against the Almighty God. Just as the planet Earth is a tiny speck when looking at the entire Milky Way galaxy, we are even more minuscule in the face of God; however, as worthless as we are, He still sent His Son, an actual part of Himself, to come to us and live as an example, be beaten savagely, and executed humiliatingly. All of this was done in order to protect and save us from Hell. As the song goes, “If that isn’t love, the ocean is dry, there’s no stars in the sky, and the sparrows can’t fly.”

Yes, God loves us unconditionally, but He is not just another buddy that we can treat irreverently. Jesus is our friend and companion, but He is also our King. Think about this as you speak. I have to remind myself often. If you need a reminder, just look at nature. If you can look at the intricacies of the world around you and not recognize an All-Powerful Creator, you’re an idiot. I will not apologize for that. Someone who can’t use common sense like that is stupid. I’ve said it before: Ignorance is not knowing. It can be fixed by being taught. Stupidity is knowing and not caring. You can’t fix stupid. Don’t be stupid.

Thank you, Mike Hassell, for explaining this to me. Believe it or not, the lesson stuck.

Peace. Love. Roll Tide.

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