DayBreaks for 11/16/17: As If
NOTE: Galen is traveling…again.
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
Playing God. It’s something that we accuse doctors of doing at times, or even other folks who are trying to control everything and everyone. It’s a ridiculous concept, if you really stop to think of it. Perhaps that’s why movies like Bruce Almighty found such an audience – it probed the depths of what it might be like if some bumbling human tried to take on the job of God. And, God Himself challenged Job with the concept – almost saying point blank: “If you think you could do a better job, give it a spin!” Job, fortunately, was wise enough to not take Him up on the offer.
Here’s a different twist on the notion:
“Losing PlayStation privileges or being confined to a room would be hard enough for most children, but at the tender age of ten, Sajani Shakya almost lost her status as a living goddess. In the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, living goddesses—called Kumari—are chosen from the same Hindu caste as Buddha and worshiped as deity. As Sajani soon learned, with the elevated status came elevated expectations. Under no circumstances was she ever to leave the country. Nepalese authorities were outraged, then, when she chose to travel to the United States to participate in a documentary that was being filmed about the Kumari tradition. Upon her return, she received notification of termination from goddess status from Jaiprasad Regmi, chief of the government trust that manages the affairs of the living goddesses. However, after a little pressure from the public and Sajani’s own remorse, the government has since offered a reprieve. Sajani will retain her title if she faithfully goes through an intense cleansing process that washes her of the sins of the countries she has visited in her travels.” – AP, 7/21/07
There is a huge difference between God and the gods of men. As if any human, or a group of “authorities” could strip a real God of His Godhood. It can’t help but make me wonder what definition of “god” the Nepalese were operating under. It’s preposterous to think that we can take away God’s “Godness”.
To some extent, they are right: with greatness (and if anything constitutes greatness, surely that would be “Godhood”!) come expanded expectations. We just need to be careful of what expectations we place on Him. Do you expect Him to do your bidding? Do you view Him as the Heavenly Answer-man? In the real God we see a great dichotomy: He is the one who gives answers, he is the one who can do anything, yet we often approach him by telling him what he should do in any given situation. And if He doesn’t, we might be tempted to lose faith in Him (in essence, stripping Him of His God-ness) in our hearts and minds.
The Truth is that God doesn’t need us to declare Him as God. He knows who He is. Our problems is that often we don’t know who we are in relation to Him!
PRAYER: Help us to grow in appreciation and awareness of Your greatness this day. Teach us that we are nowhere close to being able to do Your job and to humbly walk before You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.