“Dear God, let’s make a deal.” “If You will give me all my wants and desires, I will give You what I feel You are asking me to give.” I am sure that God has heard this request a million times before and that He is prepared to deal with any plan or proposal His people will require of Him. I find it condescending and unproductive on my part, making a deal with God or trying to out-maneuver Him, thinking that I have something to offer Him that He cannot refuse. It amazes me how far God will go or how much foolishness He will endure for the betterment of one of His saints. God has already promised to meet my needs, so what is there for me to gain that has been omitted or considered unnecessary? Call it a game if you would, but God is without reproach, there is nothing that is out of His control and He will not be obligated to any man.
When you consider the quality of love, you speak of God. When you think about all creation, you speak of His handiwork. Any attempt to rid God of His omniscience is time wasted on a cause that is impractical and unattainable. How do you bargain with someone who is in control of everything? How do you out-maneuver someone who knows right from wrong, good from bad; someone who not only knows every answer or solution but also has the power to make it all happen? God is not limited or intimidated by the cleverness or logic of man; to Him our pride is as foolishness and our arrogance is sin. His intent is for us to have the very best; but, in our petty arrogance and pride, we settle for what is of little or no value. Pathetic, arrogant fools, the height of His creation and treasure, content to be vagabonds, a servant to sin and all of its vices. What is there to gain outside of eternal life that has a value worthy of our souls? What do we gain by being in opposition when He is the possessor of all wealth, physical as well as spiritual? Woe to those who have traded the priceless treasures of a glorious Heaven for the wealth of this world. Woe to those who put their faith and trust in the prince of this world instead of Almighty God, the invincible sovereign of all creation; even someone as ignorant as I can see the danger or folly in allowing this world to be my defender and judge.
The more informed or intellectual I become, the more I see my weaknesses and my inadequacies. The only strength I can gain is from the Lord, so why should I not just place my faith in Him and allow Him to do what He has promised He would do? Somehow, in this world today, the common sense of what is profitable and needed is looked upon as unprofitable and unnecessary. In the materialistic world, when I buy something today, I want what is quality and lasting; in the spiritual realm why shouldn’t it be the same? In spiritual matters the best will cost me far less than what this world has to offer which is always second best. GLH