Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

Is God My Enemy?

Sometimes we feel like everything in the cosmos is going against us. We have all had those days when everything that can go wrong goes even worse than we ever thought was possible. But have you ever felt that God was your enemy?

There are some very harsh parts in the Hebrew Scriptures that can be impossible for us today to understand. For example, Genesis records that God affirmed Abel’s sacrifice while He did not look with favor on Cain’s offering. Scripture provides  no real explanation or justification for this although scholars have postulated that Abel followed God’s command and Cain did not.

Or we can look at the difference between how God responded to David’s sin and Saul’s sin. God quickly turned against Saul although He was long suffering toward David. I am sure there were times that Job might have felt God  had become his enemy.  The Hebrew Scriptures are filled with times that God allowed  judgment to come upon the Israelites. It may have seemed to them that God was not on their side.

The prophet Amos issued warnings to Israel that the Day of the Lord would not be good for them (Amos 5). It appears that they thought it would be a time for God to seek revenge against Israel’s enemies. But Amos said it would be as darkness or gloom to Israel and not light. The tables would be turned on Israel. Their failure to care for the poor and uphold justice would fall back on their heads. Amos wrote, “It is as if a man fled from a lion and a bear met him or went into the house and leaned with his hand against the wal and a snake bit him.”

Amos described a series of events where a man (Israel) ran from danger and just when he thought he was safe, bam, he gets bit. This little analogy warned Israel that they should not be complacent or misunderstand that God will judge them. The same goes for us today.

While God is love, He is also a righteous judge. Sin and disobedience is not something to play around with. The book of Hebrews in the New Testament warns, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Maybe a better question to ask is, “Have we made ourselves God’s enemy by how we act?”

All I know is that whatever side God is on. That is the side I want to be on because God always wins in the end.