I recently read a passage of a book that a prominent Baptist pastor wrote. At first I felt disbelief at what I saw which quickly turned to anger. Apparently this pastor does not believe in the same all-powerful God in which I believe. He certainly is not describing the God of the Bible. Here is the passage from his book:
God must be waiting for somebody somewhere sometime in His lifetime where He says, “Now, that’s a hard one. That’s a tough one.” I want to be the one who makes God say that. I want to be one human being, that in God’s lifetime, He looks at me when I meet him, and will say, “You rascal, you put me to the test.” I want Him to say, “Cottonpick, Jack, you made Me roll up my sleeves, and I even broke a sweat coming through for you.”
Further on, he writes:
I want to go to God, and for God to say, “It’s too hard. Ask for something else!” I want to nag Him, and nag Him, and finally get Him to say, “Okay, you can have what you want, but I’ll have to work at that.”
I want God to roll up His sleeves for some church and say, “Wow! You have asked a hard thing. This will take all I’ve got. This will take My omnipotence; but, I’ll do it for you.” I want something difficult. I want something real. I want something genuine. I want something where God steps back and says, “Let Me rest a minute. That was a hard request. ‘Thou hast asked a hard thing.'”
I wonder if God’s ever said to anybody, “Wow, that’s a hard one. I don’t know if I can do that. You’re asking Me something that’s going to take a mighty big God to do that.” That will take the God who only one time in His entire recorded book said, “I had to rest after I did that.”
You haven’t seen it all yet.
Let’s train up a generation to rise up, so God says, “Wow! Even I never thought I could do that.”
Is this god the God of the Bible? Doesn’t the God of the Bible know everything and isn’t the God of the Bible all-powerful? Read more of what this pastor wrote:
I want God to one day say in Heaven, “You know what? There was a generation one time on the earth, and they put Me to the test. I didn’t know I could do what I did, but I did it! I sweated, and I rolled up my sleeves, and said, ‘Look what We did together.'”
I want God to see how big He is. I want God to know how strong He is. The Bible says in II Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong…” God says, “I’m not sure I know how strong I am because I’ve never met anybody who’s willing to test My strength.”
“How big a barbell can You pick up, God?”
God says, “Every one I’ve tried, I’ve picked up. How big of a one have you got?”
“God, how fast can You throw that football?”
God says, “Every football I’ve picked up, I’ve passed it. Which one do you want Me to pass?
“God, how wide a river have You ever parted?”
He said, “The biggest is the Jordan. It was swollen over.”
“What’s the biggest body of water?”
“The Red Sea.”
“How big a body of water could You part?”
“I don’t know. Those are the only two anybody’s ever needed Me or asked Me to part.”
“How big of a church can You build, God?”
“Well, the biggest I’ve ever built is in Hammond. You’re sitting in it.”
“How big a church could you build, God?”
“I don’t know. That’s the only one anybody’s asked Me to build.”
“How big a Sunday school could You build?”
“I don’t know. Nobody’s asked Me much to help them build their Sunday school. They want me to bless them, but they don’t know what that means. They don’t want a double portion. They just want to keep it maintained.”
I don’t want to maintain anything. I don’t want status quo. I don’t want things as they are. I want to sweat and I want God to sweat. “God, I want You to roll up Your sleeves. God, I want You to work so hard You’ve got to say, ‘Time out. I need a break. I’ve got to sit down and rest a little while. Time out. I need to bring you up in the Rapture. I’m getting too old for this.'”
Does our God ever say “I don’t know?” Does our God ever say He needs a break – He needs a time-out? Does our God ever say He is getting too old? Not the God of the Bible. This pastor made up his little, weak, frail god from this:
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Genesis 2:2
This pastor thinks God rested because He was tired from the creation week. God didn’t rest because He was tired. It just means God ended his works of creation. That’s all. Our God spoke everything into existence. It was not a hard thing for Him. He could have kept on speaking things into existence, but that was all He wanted to create.
Don’t paint my God as some weak, little wimp. You will find out on judgment day you were wrong.