You know, I think I may have an idea of how we make God feel. Except, I don’t have His patience or perfect sense of justice. At work, there are two people on my team, and both of them are stubborn.
One likes to think they know it all. They can do it without much or any help. I got tired of explaining how they need more experience since they refuse to accept it.
The new tactic is to throw them to the wolves. Show me you can do it then. Why? Two reasons: to test them and to humble them. It’s working a little.
It’s aggravating how prideful one can be when they can’t even back it up. Is that how God sees us in our pride?
The other one is in full rebellion. They’re not doing what is expected of them, scorning the rules, and refusing to listen.
We’ve seen it, recorded it, and will judge by what we’ve seen — a lot like how we’ll be judged at the final judgment.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” Revelation 20:12 NIV
I’d like to pause and say thanks to Jesus that my name is in the book of life, so that I won’t be punished for my evil deeds. He was instead. I still will have to answer for what I did, though, right down to every loose word. (Matthew 12:36)
We’ve tried correcting them, giving them chance after chance to change course. Like how God does with us.
It leaves me disappointed because I know they’re fully capable of the job. However, I’m done trying to correct them. They’ve hardened their hearts.
“So I let them follow their own stubborn desires,
living according to their own ideas.” Psalm 81:12 NLT
“It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.
Because of your sins, he has turned away
and will not listen anymore.” Isaiah 59:2 NLT
All that’s left is casting the person out and letting God handle it.
As I thought of the situations, isn’t this how God deals with people? With the caveat–for a Christian to even act right takes the Holy Spirit enabling us and changing our hearts.
I’m not even mad. Just disappointed with a lot of lessons learned.