Never Believe Anything Bad About God
Author teacher and philosopher Dallas. Willard said had six words that have changed the way I make decisions. You may already know what those six words are but first a bit of context. I consider it a gift that I grew up. Hearing about the goodness of God. My Mom taught us when we were very small that God loves us and he's good over the course of my life. I confess I've doubted certain things about God and his character mainly about his provision his timing and sometimes as trustworthiness but I would never say I doubted his goodness. You might think I'm mm contradicting myself. And I probably am but I'm just telling you how it's looked from where I said your story is. I'm sure quite different from mine. Or maybe you can also relate with knowing or thinking and believing God is good but also doubting him in other ways. No matter where you are in your own faith journey those six words the ones I referred referred to before from Dallas. Willard have the potential to challenge even the most faithful among us. So what are those six words. Never believe anything bad about God as I said before. I've always believed God is good but I've also believed bad things about him. Essentially Essentially Dallas was saying God is not only good. He's also not bad. I can't explain why that turn of phrase change things for me. I can only tell you that it did when we consider the kinds of decisions were faced with every day summer decisions of privilege in preference like what's the best way to celebrate our anniversary or should should we get another dog. These are important decisions and can actually cause quite a bit of daily pressure if they linger unmade for too long just because something is fun and enjoyable doesn't mean the decision surrounding it are always fun and enjoyable. Don't discount the weight of happy things. Of course you may also have have more complex decisions though like which of these five highly qualified people. Should I hire or how do I parent my teenage son or daughter. Is it time to retire. Tire should be looked for a new church. Do we say Yes to foster care. What's the best home for my aging parent? The questions were carrying Are Endless and there will not be a time in our lives where we have no more need for discernment but one of the most foundational influences on our decision making that lingers there's beneath the surface is what we believe about God because as I shared with you from my and life what we say we believe and what we actually believe. Don't always match up something else. Does Willard satellite was that we always live what we believe. We just don't always live what we profess. We believe. I professed I leaving. God is good yet. I often made and still sometimes make decisions believing bad things about him. What kinds of bad things? While there have been times in my life where I've picture God is an angry teacher disappointed that I can't get it right. I pictured him as a distant relative family. Yes but not directly invested got it. So how does the way we picture. God influence our decision. Making I talk about this in chapter four of my book. The next thing and I'll repeat it here if I believe God his distant. I'll feel alone untethered in my decision making if I believe God is a scolding parent. I may delegate decisions to someone else so I hi can avoid the consequence if I believe God is wimpy. Maybe I can manipulate him into doing whatever I want. If I believe God is in different than he probably doesn't care what happens happens one way or another if I believe God is like a Carnival Barker presenting three cups. I'll feel cheated or duped when he forces me to guess which one is hiding my right answer. The answer is God like puppeteer a kind old grandfather. An abusive parent and insecure friend agreed king a manipulative mother. Mother or a golden retriever. As he chosen a number between one and ten is just waiting to see how close we'll get. Is he standing in the corner of the room with his arms crossed and his eyebrows raised. Does he roll his eyes. Turn his back or slammed the door. When I make a bad decision how we answer these questions? Sion's will determine how we live our lives and how we live. Our lives is really a series of decisions. So yes how we see. God is relevant to the decisions we make about schooling. Parenting money vocation marriage and friendship and everything else. We're always telling ourselves a story. The question is this. Is The story true as you consider your next right thing. What if you started with decision to never believe anything bad about God? Uh He will not shame you belittle or abuse you. He will not trick or tease you. He will not laugh at or make fun of you. He will not talk about you behind your back stab you in the back or tell you to be more like your sister. He Will Not Cheat on orbit. trae you is is not narrowed at you. His ears are not close is to you. His nose is not turned up at you. His hands are not harsh with you and you do not leave a bad taste in his mouth from a Psalm of David Chapter Twenty three in the message. Translation God my shepherd. I don't need a thing you have bedded me down in lush meadows. Can you find me quiet pools to drink from true to your word you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through through death valley. I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. You're trustees shepherd's crook makes me feel secure. You Serve Me six course dinner right right in front of my enemies you revive my drooping head my cup brims with blessing your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the House of God for the rest of my life. This is the word of the Lord. It's absolutely true and given to us in Ed. Thanks Peter Guard.