Grey’s Anatomy is one of the series that I watch. In recent episodes, one of the main characters (Dr. Kepner) has been going through a crisis of faith. This seems to have been a result of a series of bad things happening to or around her. So, she decided that since despite her being ‘good’, God was not rewarding her with good things, she may as well be bad. She thus decided to leave recklessly but still did not find any happiness or peace.
To quote Dennis Wholey:
“Expecting the world to treat you fairly just because you’re a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to charge you because you’re a vegetarian.”
We have grown in a world of reward systems where you give something to get something. Because of this mentality, we try to apply the same reasoning to How the Kingdom of God works. Sometimes we pay tithe or are generous in order to buy God’s favour and then get bitter when we are not reaping interest from our ‘investment’. We start looking at people who are less ‘holy’ giving testimonies of God’s blessings and feel that we have been unjustly dealt with. Then we start asking God why me?
As John Maxwell writes in his book 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth that “it’s one short step from “why me” to “woe is me.”’ We thus start feeling like God doesn’t love us as much as so and so and feel that the world is out to get us.
One of the most well known Psalms(Psalm 23:1,4-5) states:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;…
God is not saying you shall not go through trying times but that He is with you in those trying times. I thus chose to dance though the downs of life, what about you?