You Despise Me, Don’t You?

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Were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away. Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God that is precisely what we see. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God’s free determination, not by our desert nor by divine necessity.
~A.W. Tozer, from Knowledge of the Holy

One of my favorite movies is Casablanca.  There’s a great scene where Peter Lorre’s character Ugarte ask’s “You despise me don’t you?”, to which Humphrey Bogat’s Rick replies “If I gave you any thought I probably would.”

OK, that’s funny, but there’s deep theological truth there as well.  People are arrogant and self-centered by nature.  We view the universe as a movie starring us and everything in it is supporting cast. To every question we ask “So how does this apply to ME?”

The first step to a right relationship with God must begin with acknowledging God as God.  The atheist C.S. Lewis said of his conversion “I gave in and admitted that God was God.”  What irony.  How self-seeking we are and how much better our life would be if we simply acknowledged that God is God.

IMG_0181Revelation 22:13

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last