What is it like to be God for a day?
A person discovers an ancient lamp on the seashore. Upon rubbing it’s side, a genie appears in a puff of smoke and offers to grant three wishes. Do we ask for great wealth, healing of a disease, or maybe become a powerful world leader? Or, do we ask to be God for a day? What would it be like to be an all-powerful God who controls the universe?
The world tends to view God as a majestic being who sitting on a glorious throne busily ruling over the universe. God is portrayed as one who dispenses justice and bestows love throughout creation as He sees fit. If armed with almighty power, it is tempting to think we could right every wrong with the sweep of the hand, provide fairness and peace for all people, and be loved and respected for it. We like to think that we would be an awesome God.
Many people have heard the phrase that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well-meaning men and women have arrived into positions of power only to be swept up in its embrace and do everything they can to preserve it instead of use it for the common good. Instead, tyranny reigns causing more harm than good.
If any person were to be granted a wish to be God for a day, the earth would probably implode before the day is over, because nobody would be able to handle the rejection. Anger and frustration would rule the day followed by harsh and immediate judgment.
We receive a picture in the gospels of what it’s truly like to be God. Instead of a Heavenly Father who sits on the throne bestowing goodness and justice, we see a waiting God who is constantly being rejected by his children. Instead of anger and frustration, we see amazing love and patience for those who continually turn their back on him. There is a picture of a father who waits every day for his prodigal son to return home. There is the good shepherd who is willing to risk the ninety-nine sheep in his pasture in order to find the one who has strayed away. We see a housewife who is frantically searching her house for a lost silver coin that has exceptional value to her.
Instead of a glorious king who exercises power for the common good, we see a personal Lord who goes out of way to bestow overflowing grace to unworthy children. And there is only one reason he does that. Like any good father, he desires love from his children. The only time we see a parable depicting our Heavenly Father rejoicing is when a lost child is found, a relationship restored, a prodigal son or daughter finally returning home.
I’m grateful that God is God and I am not. His mercy and grace goes beyond my comprehension. I don’t need a genie to grant me three wishes. I’ve already received what I need most — love and forgiveness from an eternal God who has declared me to be His son.