How arrogant am I! Turns out, quite a bit! Colossians 1 tells us that we are all created by God for God.
It reminds me of the joke about the cat and dog. The dog says, "You feed me. You pet me. You give me shelter; you must be God." The cat says, "You feed me. You pet me. You give me shelter; I must be God." I think there is an entire book written about "Cat and Dog Theology", but here's the deal I am trying to learn at this moment:
How often do I treat God like I was created to be served by Him, or worse yet, that I created Him so that he would serve me?
When I take a moment to reflect on my worship, my prayer life, my faith overall, I am sobered by how arrogant I really am. I have treated God as though it is His job to be at my beckon call; as though he were created for me and not the other way around.
How much time have I spent asking that God take care of ME, bless ME, heal ME, be with and take care of MY friends and family? Now I realize we are told to ask and it will be given, seek and we will find, but is that all I have done?
Perhaps the answer lies in what happens in my heart when those requests are NOT answered as I request or expect. Do I get frustrated with God? Do I expect an explanation from God? Honestly, how many times have I asked God "why" as though His work and choices need to be checked; much less checked by ME?
Daniel 4:35 says, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to Him: 'What have you done?'"
All those times I have wanted to ask God "WHY!" God is not obligated to answer those questions.
How arrogant I have become!