“Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.” ~ Ezekiel 33:17-20
I am struck by how often today I hear these words: “I can’t believe in a God who __________.” And in the blank space is placed a variety of ideas and thoughts which people find offensive. “I can’t believe in a God who would send people to Hell.” “I can’t believe in a God who would allow children to die of starvation.” “I can’t believe in a God who would keep people from loving one another.” But what are people really saying? They are saying that they have an idea of what God should be like, and that they will only accept God if He fits their idea. They are claiming to have in their possession an absolute standard by which they can, effectively, judge God. They are saying that they want a god of their own choosing and by their own standards, rather than a God who reveals His own standard. They are saying that “The way of the Lord is not right” when it is their own way that is not right. They are claiming to be little gods themselves.
In the end, belief in God is not about what I think, it is about Who God is. It is not about believing in a God I like, it is about believing in the God who has revealed Himself to us. And the God Who has revealed Himself has done that revealing in a particular way, to a particular people, and in a particular time, and the record of that revealing is the Christian Bible. I don’t get to choose who God is, I get to believe in the God who has revealed Himself to us. Therefore we can never say, “I can’t believe…” The words “I can’t” are power words, where we have power over God. It is not about what I want, it is about Who He is. He is not the God of my choosing; He is God of the universe. And because He is that, I choose to believe in Him.