This may be a difficult pill to swallow or it may be a point that probably needs more debate for others. I was writing in my journal after having listened to a speaker talk about how God wants everything to go right in our lives.
I’m not a theologian nor an apologist. But for the Christians reading this post I do have some thoughts that I want us to meditate on.
1) God thinks that death, regardless of how cruel, is of less significance than being in relationship with Him.
I get into conversations with people who ask questions like, ‘If God is all-knowing why couldn’t he change the way he made us so that he didn’t have to go through that kind of death (if he really is God)’? I want us Christians think about this. If God IS all-powerful and all-knowing, then how the world has turned out so far couldn’t have been done better. Agree? So then, God choosing to experience the death He experienced had to be less significant than the consequence of it – covenanted-relationship with humanity. Because apparently we didn’t have it.
Question. Why is it, from God’s point-of-view, that covenanted relationship with Him is more important than the harsh experience of dying?
If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve noticed that life is not easy or fair. There are people who are living through unfortunately bad circumstances and God doesn’t always deliver them out of these painful experiences. If God is all-powerful and all-love why doesn’t He end suffering? Could it be because He believes that a relationship with Him is more important than our suffering here? And the world we now live in doesn’t compare to what He understands life is like after this one expires? Perhaps.
God absolutely believes that because at the cross this same question came up. ‘If you are God, save yourself’. He didn’t. I guess something else was more important and more glorious.
No one can disagree that death rules over this life of ours. If anyone meets death, no matter how luxurious your life is, you will be gone. Yet Christ met death and came out on the other side with a new life which reveals by consequence His overwhelming power over this life.
So the message of the cross shows not only that Christ has the power over the very thing that is MOST important to God, relationship with humanity, but also everything in this life. This narrative reveals Christ to be the exalted cornerstone of all things temporal and eternal. This is the reason Jesus would say, not to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear, but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
God is not saying that our worldly needs in this life aren’t important. He is saying that there is a more important reality that supersedes what you feel needs your attention…and it is relationship with Him. And it is from this vantage point that we should live our lives.
When we approach God with a WIIFM (what’s in it for me) attitude He always answers but we don’t always like it. Your most important need isn’t your rising standard of living and physical safety, it is HIM. And I believe that God will always work all things together in this life until our minds will accept this truth. God cares about your well-being yes, but He cares about being in a covenanted relationship with you much more…and that is for your maximum benefit.