A Mother Who Was Godlike
Recently there was a story in the news paper of a woman who showed godly characteristics. She was a mother of several children and took good care of them all, except one. One little girl she didn't like and didn't want, so, she neglected her. The little girl's siblings were cared for and fed, but she was starved. The one little girl finally died of malnutrition and neglect. I thought after reading the article, "how like God the mother was."
Say what? Yes, how much like God our heavenly father, and Jesus who is one with the father.
God, who has the where-with-all to feed little children, or at least make food available for them, many times chooses to refrain from giving food to them. Like in Ethiopia where thousands of little children (and adults also) have starved to death and many more would have, had it not been for the intervention of people.
This is the reason I stopped "saying grace" at meals. Most believers will admit that it is God who provides them with food, or at least makes it possible for them to provide it themselves, so, they give thanks at meal time. But, the same God who provides food for us also chooses to not provide food for many others. So, when you return thanks you are recognizing that God made it possible. In like manner you are also recognizing it is God who makes it imposable for some to eat.
One person answered this by trying to defend God, she said, "But we are God's children, and they are not." But aren't we all made in the likeness and image of God? She replied, "But we are born again." As if that would make the difference.
So, the next time you "return thanks", just remember, "God is love", and "God loves everyone", and "Jesus is one with the father", and "Jesus loves the little children of the world."
You see, God has told us to do something that he chooses not to do.
"But whosoever hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shuteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" (1 John 3:17)
I'll tell you how, God does this same thing, however, we are told to relieve them.
There is a story of the Communists who, when they took over a country, held a school house full of children captive in the school house and told them to ask God for their food. They did and were there a couple of days without any food because God did not answer their prayers. Then the Communists told the kids to ask the new government for food, which they did and were immediately fed.
Worley July 23, 2010 Ex-minister.org
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