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Caring GOD vs uncaring GOD; GOD will present himself according to your perception of him
by Godwin Ihagh
2/16/2019 / Stewardship
Think about a caring and rich GOD who is so great that no one can describe his net worth! Although some followers of GOD have divided opinions about his kindness, love and generosity, it’s generally believed that he would give enough material possessions, love and treasures to those who serve him.
Believers in GOD, irrespective of religion, know that the following statements are true:
"All beasts in every forest, and cattle upon a thousand hills belongs to GOD "—Psalm 50:10
"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts"—Haggai 2:8.
Everything belongs to GOD—the world, its inhabitants and the whole universe—and everybody who believes in GOD is aware that GOD will always have innumerable assets, even if he decides to hand over ownership of the Earth to mankind without expecting it back. However, a lot of his followers believe—and some actually declare—that due to their challenges and unproductive lifestyles, GOD is uncaring because he watches how they struggle with challenges and live unproductively in poverty, instead of in abundance.
The feeling that GOD doesn’t care:
Most people who harbour this thought have actually been overwhelmed by their battles against the challenges of life which they couldn’t/haven’t overcome. It’s been so overwhelming for some people that they’ve accepted living with problems and in states of continuous need. Worst still, is the fact that some of GOD’s children or followers have labelled him as “uncaring”, and as a GOD who “selects” those whom he wants to help: they praise the goodness of their father in public, but deep down in their hearts they think he is uncaring. All of these incidences take place while our great GOD and rich father still has untold wealth which is very much intact and always available for distribution.
What perception do you have about God?
People’s perception about something is not always based on reality. Just because people have a particular impression about something doesn’t mean that it’s real. On a general note, it’s impossible for mankind—who lives in a three-dimensional world, or at most a four-dimensional world—to have a complete perception of GOD who is in a far greater multi-dimensional world or realm (the heavens) than we are.
One reality that backs up this statement is the fact that we can’t see GOD and the heavens, but he can see us and every reality existing in the invisible physical and spiritual parts of creation.
Let’s use this illustration to demonstrate how misleading people’s perceptions could be: if three people are blindfolded, and asked to describe a building based on the parts they’re able to touch, the first person might describe the building as a window—probably because he/she was able touch a lot of windows—while the second might describe the building as a door. The third person might say something different: the building is made of wood or ceramic tiles, probably because of the impression felt by touching either material too many times.
All these perceptions wouldn’t give a true reflection of the overall picture of the building which would comprise of the different descriptions given by each of the three blindfolded people, and other descriptions too many to mention, but which everyone would agree are parts of modern-day buildings.
In the same vein, if your perception of GOD comes from a blind, limited, or three-dimensional view, then you are bound to distort the reality about GOD and perceive or project GOD as an uncaring GOD. Unfortunately, anyone who reasons like this would have to live with the consequences that normally come from thinking this way.
On the other hand, and fortunately, if you perceive GOD to be caring and a great provider, you will live with the abundant provisions that normally come from thinking this way too. Each person’s perception of GOD will determine the level of their relationship with him: you can get more insight about this if you read the ways of God are superior to the acts of God.
Another illustration of how GOD can be wrongly perceived:
In order to acquire a better understanding of how GOD can be wrongly perceived, let’s take a brief look at the parable about the stewards who were given talents, as described by the Lord Jesus in the Christian Bible’s book of Matthew 25: 14ï18; this scripture, along with the another one in the book of Genesis 1:28, briefly describe how our good GOD gave mankind authority over the affairs of planet Earth.
In fact, the book of Matthew describes the master in the parable as a good and generous lord who gave out various amounts of talents to three servants, respectively; however, the servant who had the least (one) talent was the laziest and never invested his talent like the other two servants who were given greater talents—two and five talents respectively.
It was rather unfortunate that for whatever reason, the steward with one talent had a perception that his master (GOD) was harsh, greedy, and unjust (Matthew 25:24): this is what many people have been doing and still do up to this generation.
GOD is a caring GOD and generous provider:
Contrary to the insinuation that GOD is harsh, the parable we looked at informs us that the master (GOD) delivered unto his servants his (GOD’s) own property: he gave the first servant five talents, the second servant two talents, and the third servant one talent—“he gave each servant according to their respective abilities”.
The master in this parable is obviously GOD the generous provider who always provides for everyone—believers and non-believers alike—without desiring any returns that are less productive.
The question that needs an answer is this: “what are you doing with the least amount of talent you’ve been given, and which if you use wisely, would make you the greatest steward”?
Use the talent you have instead of procrastinating, being lazy, and complaining
Instead of using the amount of talent you've been given—which is based on GOD’s level of trust in your abilities—are you complaining about GOD and envying those whom he has given more talents/blessings, instead of casting laziness aside and using your single (one) talent to become great?
Irrespective of the amount of talent each real and unbiased follower of GOD has—in wealth and in poverty, in sickness and in good health, in good times and in bad times, or whatever mixture of conditions—they willingly use their talent, time and energy to enhance the world around them, and our caring GOD continues to entrust more of his wealth and property into their hands.
If you’ve been thinking that GOD is uncaring, I hope are beginning to get a clearer and unbiased perception of our great GOD: he wants to trust each one of us. In this regard no person is greater than another; we are all given various talents on a clean slate at birth, and are expected to use our talents in ways that could bless everybody we’re able to come in contact with.
At this point, it might be a good idea to consider the talents you have failed to unleash and make productive use of, probably because we you were/have been too lazy or too afraid of losing everything; if this has been your mindset, then be informed that you have nothing to lose because every talent you have and everything GOD has placed under your control actually belongs to him—and it’s only in sowing and giving that you’ll be able to acquire the abundance that GOD promises in many verses of his holy books.
If you live your life withholding your God-given talents instead of unleashing them for the benefit of the world that GOD entrusted to you, then be assured that one day you will stand before him, probably ashamed of the way you handled the gifts and talents he gave you.
It’s important for the impatient people of this age to take note: it’s likely that if anyone doesn't invest time, talent and energy, then the person could become poorer, less productive, or even completely unproductive. Because of the universal law of “sowing and reaping”, it’s easier and more possible to lose everything by holding everything too tightly without ever releasing it—Proverbs 11:24 describes this better. In case you haven’t yet started making optimum use of your talents, then it's not too late to start today: always look for ways to make the most out of them.
How have you been presenting GOD in actions and words?
Have you been presenting GOD as a caring GOD even though you are poor or lack most of the good things of life? Have you been presenting to the world the fact that our caring GOD is also the GOD of the poor, and the GOD of those whom he has entrusted with smaller amounts of talents? Do you believe that GOD takes steadfast stewards out of poverty and makes them rich—probably even richer than the rich? If you’ve been thinking so, then you've been thinking right, irrespective any condition you might be facing in life.
I understand why some people think GOD doesn’t care, or why they think he seems to care more about some people than he seems to care about others; also, I understand that people think this way, probably because unfortunate circumstances have overwhelmed them to a point they weren’t mentally strong enough to think or believe otherwise.
Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that “GOD knew us before he conceived us in our mothers’ wombs; before we were born, he blessed us to become blessings unto nations”. The fact is that GOD sent us into this world, and this involves adventures of trials, tribulations and temptations that attempt to bring us down, but which we have the power to overcome if we don’t put our resistance down. GOD wants us to grow to spiritual perfection by overcoming our temptations and trials.
While we are going through turmoils of challenges, temptations, trials, etc., GOD doesn’t want us to remain on the ground permanently, whenever we fall: if we fall, he wouldn’t want us to remain down for too long.
The truth is that nobody is immune from challenges and defeats, and no one will ever be exempted from this fate in the future: even GOD’s greatest and closest prophets/messengers weren’t/aren’t exempted from this. Overcoming challenges is adventurous and exciting, and would only bring great benefits by making us grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Nobody, and no position in life—such as president, king, etc.—is immune from the threats and challenges of poverty, hardship, sicknesses, etc. The good news is that, even if you have only one talent, you can overcome any challenge and be elevated to the top.
We must all exercise patience like our GOD who is also the GOD of patience (Romans 15:5). Even if we have all the talent and GOD’s favour supporting us, we need to exercise patience in many areas of our lives:
Hebrews 10:36—“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.
James 1:4—“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”.
James 5:11—“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy”.
Luke 21:19—“ In your patience possess ye your souls”.
Romans 5:3—“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations, also knowing that tribulation strengthens patience”.
Romans 15:4—“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”.
A motivational writer on self-development, spirituality and the things of God; also, he writes on the environment and how environmental issues can be addressed. You can view the original article on his website at https://motivation-environment.com, and contact him at [email protected].
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Excellent article Godwin. Well written and a great message. Blessings, Michael
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