I've finagled the order a little this week. This third post becomes the second in the series:
1. Mercy trumps justice.
2. God is an awesome God.
3. God wants to save everyone.
These are kernels of chats with my younger children.
Our God is an Awesome God
1. Hard for us even to understand how great God is.
Think of your principal or someone you look up to. Think of someone really strong on TV or in the movies. God makes such people look like ants. He could crush the earth with his pinky. How do you normally act around someone so strong?
He made the earth out of nothing--so he designed it all, understands it all. He doesn't need us--he helps us because he likes us!
So how should we act around someone like this--all powerful, all knowing, but someone who made us, likes us, and sees everything we do? Should we insult him? ignore him?
2. Sometimes God intervenes, sometimes he lets things go.
We don't know why he saves us sometimes and then other times does not. Sometimes he swoops in to the rescue like Superman. If we ignore him long enough, he often lets us go, with all the bad things that happen when we are selfish. There's a point after which you have lost his phone number and don't even realize it. You wouldn't know where to find his number even if you suddenly became desperate.
3. After we die, if we have been friends with God, we will be with him forever. If we have ignored him, he will abandon us to the course we have set in life, separation from him forever, eternal death.