“Be Good to Us, God!” Why Should He?

Posted on June 26, 2019

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By David Ettinger

High Expectations
I was recently speaking to a friend about God. Though my friend believed God created all things, he was certainly not a Christian. When I asked him why he has not given his life to Christ, he replied, “I have problems with God. I don’t like the way He allows so much evil in the world. He is not a God who is good to us.”

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I suppose this is a natural way to think about God if one is not saved, though it is not very deep in its logic. Such a statement reflects a “me-only” mindset, that God has put human beings on the earth for our pleasure, not His. So, to my friend who said, “I have problems with God. … He is not a God who is good to us”; I say, “Why should He?”

Let’s Be Logical
In trying to engage such a God-detractor on a surface-level of logic, I bring up the example of a father and son. What if this son is totally disrespectful to his father by constantly disobeying and speaking down to him? What if this same son, in need of cash, asks his dad for $50? If the father has any sense of right and wrong, would he honor such a request?

Logic says “of course not.” The son has proven himself to be ungrateful, rude, and contemptuous of his father. Only a fool of a son would expect his father to say, “Sure, son, here is that $50 you asked of me. You go out and have a great time.”

Well, what of the human race – that is, the unbelieving part of it – and its relationship to God? To those who condemn God for His “cruelty” and “heartlessness” yet demand that He change His ways before they will toss a few scraps of deference His way, again, the question must be asked: Why should He? Humanity has ridiculed God, dishonored Him, cursed Him, demeaned Him, “killed” Him, spit at Him, and denied His existence. No, God is not cruel and heartless when it comes to the human race, rather, He is simply allowing it to reap precisely what it has sown.

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God’s Way, Not Man’s
To those waiting for God to change His ways, they have a very long wait ahead of them. Let’s look at this from God’s point of view. What does He have to say about those who so brazenly and zestfully reproach Him?

To the priest Eli, whose sons profaned the sacrificial system and their priestly duties, God proclaimed: “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained” (1 Samuel 2:30).

On why God stripped Israel’s Southern Kingdom, Judah, of 10 tribes, leaving it with just two: “I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did” (1 Kings 11:33).

On why God was about to bring severe judgment upon Israel: “‘You have rejected me,’ declares the Lord. ‘You keep on backsliding. So I will reach out and destroy you; I am tired of holding back’” (Jeremiah 15:6).

In contrast to those who obey Him, to those who don’t: “But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish” (Isaiah 1:28).

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And to backsliding Israel, God says: “But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you” (Judges 10:13).

A Losing Battle
Do these verses seem harsh? Yes, God is a God of love (1 John 4:8), but He is also “a consuming fire” by way of righteousness and holiness (Deuteronomy 4:24). One day, at the end of this age of human history, God’s love will be put on hold for just a moment, and when that happens, He will destroy that which despises Him with His all-consuming fire.

The world can demand of God all it wants, but the Sovereign of the Universe answers to no one. Why should He be good to those who abase Him? He doesn’t, but in His grace, He chooses to be. Do you know people who are hostile to God and staunchly won’t bend? Don’t give up just yet. After all, God is in the business of saving those who abase Him. I know; I was one of them.