Diane Epling

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Making a Mockery of God

Diane Epling

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Christians who pray for world peace yet fight with family members make a mockery of God. We live in a world that mocks God every day, failing to abide by His greatest commandment: to love Him with all our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s no wonder that we are inundated by news of people and institutions with little empathy, constantly judging those different in status or material possessions to be somehow lesser than. It’s certainly not unusual to see these same people sitting in the pews on Sunday morning, making their personal requests known to God and returning home to wonder why God rarely answers their prayers. I can only imagine how God must feel about the selfish ways and lack of faith displayed by many people who call themselves Christians. 

Let me explain what I mean by making a “mockery” of God. The Greek word “mock” is used in the New Testament to mean “play with,” and not in a nice way. At times, I don’t think we understand how we make a mockery of God when we pray for the healing of our bodies, emotions, or finances but lack compassion for others. When we pray and don’t believe that God answers all our prayers, it’s time to examine our faith. Prayers not supported by belief and faith make a mockery of God. Selfish prayers that show little concern or love for others mock God’s commandments to us—His people. Galatians 6:7 NIV tells us that God will not be mocked! Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Why is it we expect God to love us when we don’t love one another? And isn’t it just as futile to pray without believing that God wants to and can answer our requests?Those who lack love and faith will not receive God’s blessings. As the Scripture above states, they will reap what they sow. John 9:31 NIV says We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will. We only know God’s will when we surrender our lives to Him, so expecting God to answer prayers when we are living in sin makes a mockery of God. In 1 Peter 3:12 NIV, it says For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Scripture tells us to obey God’s commandments, to first love Him with all our hearts, and to love one another. God is waiting for us to repent, turn from our sins, and obey His Word. In doing so, we will be transformed by His righteousness. When we stop mocking God, our prayers will be answered, and we will witness the power of His glory.

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