But I’ve been told he is.
Two faced. Severally.
I could vividly remember the story my Sunday school teacher narrated to us (her students) one fateful Sunday morning. While she was teaching, she had gone ahead to tell us her neighbor’s experience with God. How God called her neighbor into ministry and her neighbor declined the call. And how God took one of her child from her, over her disobedience to the call.
My Sunday school teacher was trying to drive home, the point of what happens when we disobey God (her point was so out of who God is and how he relates to His children). But she ended up giving us the impression that God is two-faced.
He gives and takes back what he gives us whenever we disobey him.
I would have believed her story if she told it when grace has not been revealed to me.
I didn’t believe it.
Grace has shown me a picture of a loving father who made the first move to reconcile me to Him, while I was still neck deep in sin. Grace revealed a God who’s not out to hunt down those who won’t answer his call.
No. Grace also made me see a loving father who was ready to leave other ninety- nine well behaved sheep to come looking for me, one disobedient sheep.
So dear believer, I don’t know what you have also heard about who God is or how he relates to his people.
But I want to tell you this: God is not two-faced.
God is not divided in His interest towards us. He’s not good today and bad tomorrow. For if He was, He would have sent Jesus to come to condemn the world. However, Jesus condemned no one because it wasn’t what He was sent to do and not His nature too. He came to reconcile the world to God, to save the world from sin.
People will always have their own version of what they call their personal encounter or experience with God. And when they do, they become like Job who said, “The Lord gives and he takes.”
They go about painting God as a hard taskmaster lurking around the alley, waiting for you to make one wrong move so He can come down with His tool of punishment to wipe you back to the straight line—obey Him. And if you don’t He’ll take back what he’s given you.
No one is against you having your own personal experience with God. The question is, is it in line with the God that Jesus came to mirror to the world? Jesus who was stamped with the nature of God?
Don’t think I made this up. Here Hebrew 1:3 says,
“The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he has provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Scriptures made us know God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus went about doing good and healing all oppressed by the devil. Jesus didn’t go about taking from people, rather he gave them back what they lost. Or haven’t you read how he raised Jairus daughter and Lazarus from the dead?
How he healed folks who are diseased and cast out demons from the oppressed? And how he fed the great multitude following him to hear the word of salvation?
Everything Jesus did stemmed from a loving heart full of compassion and mercy for a world already dead.So how can a God represented by Jesus who did all these wonderful miracles be called two-faced?
James already told us in chapter 1:14 that God doesn’t put evil/bad in any ones way. He just isn’t impervious to evil. The same book of James told us, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, it comes down from the father of lights, in whom there’s no variation (no rising or setting) for he is perfect and never changes. “James 1:17
I have a whole lot of scriptures to quote that tells me God isn’t two-faced, fake or even bad. God is love and there’s nothing loving in putting bad in people’s way. Not my God. He loves and cares for you and me enough not to withdraw His attention from us. God’s heart of compassion is still beating for us.
It beats me when something bad happens and people quickly conclude it’s God who’s responsible. It’s like they don’t even remember the devil’s threefold ministry. If you’ve forgotten, let me remind you.
John 10:10 says, “The devil came to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life in abundance.”
The devil has always been the mastermind behind every evil. Not God.
Jeremiah 29:11 told us God’s mind and plan towards his children. That they are plans to prosper his people and not to harm them. Plans to give them hope and a future.
And another one in Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of his womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you-never.”
Then Romans 11:29 says God doesn’t take away His gift.
Jesus is the better choice to understand the character of God
If you want to understand who God is and how he relates to His children, then you need to look to Jesus. If Jesus didn’t put bad in people’s way, God doesn’t and He won’t either. Jesus himself said this in John14:9, ”Anyone who has seen me has seen the father.”
Our God is not fickle, He does not change like shifting shadows. Don’t point a finger at God when something bad happens to you or someone around you. If you keep believing that God is behind your sufferings, how will you ever resist the devil when he comes to steal from you?
Get your belief right, dear believer. God is not two-faced.
Now over to you. Do you believe God is two-faced?
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