A Bible Devotion


Friday, July 22, 2016

Imagine You Were God

Imagine you were God -- all alone -- nothing but you and space. Wouldn't you want to have others around to keep you company?

So you decide to create some other beings. You want to have some intelligent conversation and relationships, so you create them with freedom of choice. Things are perfect. You have a wonderful universe with no problems. Then some of your created beings decide they don't want to do things your way. They rebel and want to run the universe, instead of obeying you. Suddenly there is no peace. What do you do?

Realizing you must preserve order and protect those who didn't rebel against you, you decree judgment on the rebels. But they accuse you of unfairness -- saying you're not qualified to judge them -- that you don't know what it's like to live under your rule.

This accusation cannot stand unanswered if you want to preserve peace and order in the future. So you choose to allow a "jury trial" to decide the rebels' fate. But who can be on the jury? It can't be those involved. There's only one solution: create some new beings -- human beings -- to be the jury.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:3a NIV 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels?

The rebels insist on equal access to the jury. You agree, giving your word allowing the jury complete freedom to choose. If these humans choose to follow the rebels, you will not interfere. Only if the humans freely choose to follow you and your way -- rejecting the rebels and their way -- will the loyal humans then pass judgment on the rebels. You realize this is risky but it's the only way to settle the issue so your motives and judgment will not continue to be questioned.

So, you create a man and a woman, putting them in a perfect environment. To be fair, you allow the rebels access. Then it turns sour. The rebels score a knockout blow. Man rebels by disobeying the simple command which you gave to allow them the opportunity to rebel. It seems the rebels were proven right -- your way was not what an impartial jury would decide to do.

Is it over? Do you give up and let the rebels take over the universe and destroy it with their selfishness, as you know they will?

Or, do you do something bold and unexpected? What can you do? After all, the jury has been completely taken over by the rebels.

It's time to quit imagining and read the Bible -- with a little more understanding of what God may have faced.

Whether everything written above is the way it happened, we don't know. We do know that God made a bold move in becoming a human and dying to prove His love and redeem us.

We also know how it all turns out in the end, by reading the book of Revelation in the New Testament.

SAY THIS: I'm glad I'm not God! And I'm glad that Jesus is!


 

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