There is another common form of idolatry that I am calling "managing God."
In this form of idolatry we sinful creatures decide that we have higher standards than the God Who has revealed Himself in the Bible. This is usually right after we read something in the Bible that we don't understand or don't like. People say things like:
- "This can't be right."
- "I could never believe in a god who would..."
We are troubled by perplexing questions. Why did an omnipotent and omniscient God allow sin at all? How can a loving God send people to an eternal hell? Why would a holy God save ANY sinners? Why wouldn't an omnipotent and loving God save ALL sinners?
The list of questions is endless. The answers are not provided. God only tells us what He wants us to know - He is omnipotent, omniscient, loving, holy, just, merciful and gracious. But He doesn't tell us how all of these things fit together, other than to say that He "works all things according to the counsel of His will," (Ephesians 1:11)
To believe in the God revealed in the Bible requires faith.
- Faith that God is omnipotent - that He can do whatever He determines ought to be done.
- Faith that God is holy - that He is infinitely good and does what ought to be done.
- Faith that God is just - that He does those things that ultimately satisfy His holiness.
Let God Be God!
(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.