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?
Answer:
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