Don’t Play God, Embrace Humanity (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 249)
Ecclesiastes 10:15 (NLT)
Fools are so exhausted by a little work that they can’t even find their way home.
Little girls like to play Cinderella or Snow White. Little boys like to play cops and robbers or warriors and Indians. Teenagers idolize their favorite celebrities and dress up like their personal heroes. This copying behavior continues throughout adulthood. Adults attempt to play God. We make ourselves think we have all the answers and that we are more powerful than we really are.
In all our attempts to play God, not once can anyone say they have been very successful at doing so. The truth is: You are not God. You do not have more power than God does. You can’t predict the future or even know what the very next second will bring. You cannot do everything. You can’t control your life or the lives of other people. As much we try to do these things, they will never work out.
One of the main results of us wanting to be in control and wanting to play God is overwork. When you overwork, you’re telling yourself that everything and everybody depends on you. That the world will fall apart into a billion pieces if you don’t keep it all together. That’s not true. The world will spin right on and every single person on the planet can function just fine without you if you go off and take a vacation. Why? Because it doesn’t depend on you.
Too many believers work to please others. By doing this, we are attempting to control something else that is inevitably uncontrollable: the reactions and responses of other people. Do you think God really cares that one little farmer in Idaho who wants it to rain when he chooses to put the sun out? Absolutely not. God does what he deems best without calling an act of Congress beforehand. He doesn’t try to please everyone, he does just what is best for all of us. We cease to be human when we start to play God.
No one makes us overwork. We choose to overwork. We choose what we will do and what we won’t do. And most times when we overwork, we are trying to please someone, impress someone, or control someone. And it never works because we’re denying our humanity. We’re trying to prove we don’t have limits when we really do. God wants us to embrace those limits and trust him to handle everything we’re too weak to handle.
We are human. As much as we don’t want to be, we are. Being human is a gift from God which gives us the freedom to trust him in everything. We don’t have to play God because is playing his role very well. Our fragility and feebleness shine a light on the power and glory of God. Your humanity isn’t something to cover up and hide. Instead of overworking, let God work through you and celebrate his goodness and grace in your life.
“Men ought not to play God before they learn to be men, and after they learn to be men they will not play God.”
— Paul Ramsey