Arrogance with God
I see a lot of people who are really quite arrogant when it comes to God. There are basically three types of arrogance towards God. The first one are people pretend that God is their buddy and just waiting to do whatever they command like a genie or a puppet. The second are people who completely deny God’s existence, as if that were possible. The third are people who go along blithely thinking that God is always with them like a good and faithful dog. He just wants to hang out.
These three misguided ways of looking at God can get us into trouble. They are arrogant positions that make assumptions on God’s character. Scripture is very clear on what God thinks about arrogance. He is neither impressed nor compliant with these views.
God determines our character by our behavior. He is not swayed by behavior that impresses us. He is not wowed by the convoluted arguments of those who claim that they can know He doesn’t exist. In fact, He laughs at those people.
God is ultimately in control of what happens. We are not able to overcome or deny that. What we need to do to begin walking as true human beings is to acknowledge His sovereignty and our lowliness.
God hates pride. He is impressed with humility. He loves those who are able to acknowledge Him and to understand that true love is putting the others first. When God sees that in us, He is ready to bless.
Unlike the buddy God, God is not obliged to wait on the demanding human. His presence transcends human knowledge, and is not inclined to indulge the loon that insists he can determine something beyond his ability to do so. Finally, God does not go happily along expecting nothing from us. He gave us the ability to be responsible and gave us responsibilities that He expects us to use for the good of others, not for ourselves.
The prophet Malachi tells us how God sees our arrogance.
13 “You have spoken strongly against me,” says ADONAI. “Yet you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 By saying, ‘There is no point in serving God. What good is it to obey his orders or to walk about as mourners before ADONAI-Tzva’ot? 15 We consider the arrogant happy; also evildoers prosper; they put God to the test; nevertheless, they escape.'” 16 Then those who feared ADONAI spoke together; and ADONAI listened and heard. A record book was written in his presence for those who feared ADONAI and had respect for his name. 17 “They will be mine,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot, “on the day when I compose my own special treasure. I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. 18 Then once again you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and one that doesn’t serve him.
Being judged wicked by God is not a good thing. We need to rethink our attitudes and make adjustment.
Meditation: What does the Malachi passage say about God’s righteousness? What does it say about man’s righteousness? How should we approach God? What needs to change?
Activity 1: Begin to be aware of what you think about and how you act toward God. Journal the different times that you are aware of during the week.
Activity 2: Listen to others at church or at work in how they express ideas that imply an attitude about God. What are those attitudes? How are they relevant to this passage?
Activity3: What are “somethings” you can do to change the attitudes of yourself and your community? What are the culturally relevant events that contribute to this problem? How has your culture itself contributed to the disrespect of God?
Prayer: Ask God to bring healing to your mind about things you do to minimize Him. Ask Him to remind you when you slip. Ask Him to provide opportunity for you to talk to others about His Sovereignty. Use those opportunities.