Is God Quick or Slow?

Posted: October 21, 2009 in Church Leadership, Theology

A couple nights ago Carrie and I decided to sleep on the couch.  I know that it doesn’t make since to the normal ear, but you have to sit on the couches to understand how great they are to know why I would give up my bed for the night.

About 5 AM, we heard a crying kid upstairs that sounded extremely upset and sounded scared and fearful.  Carrie jumped up and ran upstairs to rescue what she thought was our little boy Micah, only to find out that it was his cousin Addy.  Carrie isn’t what one would call an early riser, so it was amazing how quickly she was off the couch and up the stairs.  This was an obvious case of the “motherly instinct” kicking in and giving her super human strength to launch her into mommy to the rescue mode.

Parents and Pastors are always talking about how their kids teach them this and that about God.  I think there a lot of things that being a parent teaches about our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  However, that night didn’t remind me of God, it reminded me of what earthly parents do when their kids are about to hurt themselves.

Sure there are stories where God rescues someone from impending doom (Lot, Balaam), but in most cases God doesn’t swoop in like Superman and rescues us.  Many times in my life things worked out last minute similar to Israel being rescued after 400 years of captivity.

I’m not saying God is a lousy parent, but that we parent very differently then He does and we should make sure our expectations for Him allow for the sovereignty of His will.


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