What’s Wrong with God?

16th November, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I bought a new English Standard Version Bible over the weekend, and this morning I began reading in Jeremiah.  A verse in Jeremiah 2 caught my attention: “Thus says the LORD, ‘What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness and became worthless’” (Jeremiah 2:5).

It’s not the first time I’d read these words, but nevertheless, the irony in them struck me once again. In this verse the LORD God, the Covenant God, who is always faithful and always loves His people, is lamenting that His people are far from Him because they found something “wrong” with Him. We immediately react and say, “How arrogant that the people of Judah  should find a deficiency in the LORD God!”  But don’t we do the same?

In the craziness of our lives, we ask so many questions. “Why isn’t God answering my prayer?”  (in other words, “Why isn’t God good to me?”).  OR “How could God let this terrible situation happen to me” (in other words, “Why isn’t God in control [sovereign enough] to have prevented this occurrence?”). OR “Why isn’t God doing something about how these people are treating me?” (in other words, “Why isn’t God just?”).  When we ask these kind of questions, we are, in essence, saying, “There’s something wrong with God. He’s not acting the way I think He should, and His care for me is less than perfect.”

If we turn away from God because we believe there’s something “wrong” with Him, we turn instead to idols. Jeremiah 2:5 says that the people of Judah “went after worthlessness” and the result of their straying was that they became worthless themselves.

I attended a counseling conference this past weekend, and the message that was clear from so many of the speakers was that we tend to think that the goal in life is to have pleasure. All our efforts are focused towards this end, and though it’s not wrong to want to have good health, financial security, and meaningful relationships, the goal of our lives cannot be to chase after these things so that our lives can be free of suffering.

God is good, even when we don’t have all the things that we want and think we need. God is in control even when we get sick, lose our jobs, or experience the grief of the death of a loved one or the waywardness of a beloved child. God is just, even when people, including Christians, don’t treat us justly. There is nothing wrong with God, and we can trust Him with every part of our lives.

What happens when we stray from God and go after things in the creation? We will eventually come to realize that our God-replacements are worthless in satisfying the longings of our heart. We then become worthless because we are not fulfilling the purpose for which we were created — glorifying and enjoying God.

We have worth because the God who loves us has given us worth, not because of anything in us, but because of all that is within Him.  What’s wrong with God? Absolutely nothing!

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