I grow tired of people who believe in a milksop God and a milksop Jesus. God is dynamic and powerful and dangerous and loving and deadly and mysterious and violent and playful and serious and funny (yes, funny).
God reveals Himself to us in His Word. He pulls no punches. The Bible is R-rated. He makes people alive, and He kills people. He raises up nations and leaders and champions, and He tears down civilizations and drives leaders to madness and allows champions to fall into ruin.
Along the way God makes no apologies for His actions and makes few explanations. He demands obedience and unyielding fealty to His name.
For this reason, many doubt His claim to love us and His goodness. Perhaps there would be cause for this if not for this:
“For a good man someone might dare to die. But while we were yet sinners, He died for us.”
This immeasurably powerful, all knowing, all consuming God who demands perfection, does not tolerate uncleanness and hates sin with a perfect hatred. This God put aside His rights and came to live among us in the flesh. He provided the perfect life Himself that we failed to provide. He died the death He declared we should die for us.
“So in this way God loved the world. He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
And He defines just what that is.
“This is eternal life. That they know you intimately, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
He wants us. He wants us to be with Him such that He died to bring us close to Him. There can be no greater love, indeed He says:
“Mortal man knows no greater love than this. That he lay down his life for his friends.”
He calls me friend. I am God’s friend.
So when my God does something I do not understand, even when He takes life or chooses to allow life to pass away from someone. Even if He slays me, still will I trust in Him.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
– The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe