God why won’t you let me do this?

2nd Look 3.15.16

“God why won’t you let me do this?”
This is a question I have asked often. After all there are lots of things out there I would love to do and yet it seems from the scriptures that God has asked us not to do them. Why? Why would He be such a cosmic killjoy?
Let’s put on our “Philosopher” hats for a second.

Here’s our original question: “Why would God give us a list of things we can’t do – when all those things seem so enjoyable and many who do them are happy?”

There are several possible answers to this question:

  1. God is mean, and a jerk. He takes joy in making us suffer – in robbing us of things that are fun and pleasurable.
  2. God is foolish. He tells us to avoid things and make a big deal out of things that aren’t really a big deal because He’s actually misguided in his prudish notions. He’s making mountains out of molehills because he is foolish.
  3. God is uptight. Maybe that’s simply the case; God likes things the way He likes them – he’s inflexible- uptight – a cosmic snob.
  4. God is wise and has a great reason. This is the one I want to develop a little bit.
Ok – so if any of the first three options are true – then there is reason to distrust God and the picture of the life He calls us to. BUT – to be honest – if there is an all powerful God who has told us to do something or we’ll be crushed like a bug – do we really have an option to go against Him?  We do so to our peril. For any of the first three answers – it doesn’t matter what God’s intentions are because we are simply his creations at his disposal and whim.
But this is not the picture we see painted in the scriptures. The picture; or the claim; the scriptures make, is that God is good; benevolent; loving; and all wise. If this teaching is true then our answer to the initially proposed question is this:

Question: Why does God ask us to avoid things that seem to be so pleasurable and fun?
God exists and created all things.
God is all wise and loving.
If these two statements are true – then it is logical to assume.
The loving, all wise, God who created all things would have a good reason.
The ask us to avoid certain things.
Because He knows the best way to live – and that these things ultimately hurt us.

I think we see this thought in 1 Corinthians 6:12. I want to invite you to take some time the remainder of this week with this verse. Read it – reflect on it. In the end – we might need to avoid destructive things because – that is exactly what they are – destructive. Here’s the verse. Have a great week everybody:

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.

1 Corinthians 6:12