“I Do For the Bad Things”

So many facets of life are accurately and humorously portrayed by the characters on Seinfeld.

Recently, I watched (again) an episode called “The Pilot” in which Jerry and George are involved in the production of a pilot episode of their “show about nothing”.

Ever afraid of success, George believes that he has contracted cancer on his face. While awaiting the results of his biopsy, George has a conversation with his therapist about the situation. And it ends like this:

Therapist: I thought you don’t believe in God?

George: I do for the bad things.

When positive things happen in his life, George believes it is the result of his own hard work and cunning. But, in the event that the circumstances of life take a difficult turn, the same man who does not ordinarily acknowledge God believes that there is a higher power out to get him.

In this moment, George reveals his fundamental belief about who God is. It is the same foundation shared by many, many others – followers of Jesus included.

Not a God who is for him, a God that is out to get him.

Not a God who has plans to prosper, a God who expects reparations for success.

Not a God who pursues, a God who is distant and aloof.

Not a God who want communion, a God who demands production.

Something that we must evaluate is who we believe God to be, and where are we looking for truth.

Are we looking and relying on circumstances for our picture of God?

Or are we looking to Jesus, the image of the invisible God?

The former challenges our false self, causing shame. The latter replaces our false self, providing a new covering and restored standing before God.

God uses circumstances to draw us toward his Son.

But we cannot define God by our circumstances, experiences or family systems. Because we live in a broken, fallen world, circumstances will lead us away from God and toward George’s conclusion.

Looking to Jesus – who came as a baby, as a gift, who came in humbleness and to save – should take away any doubt about God’s love for us.

The fundamentals matter. And our reaction to our circumstances reveals them.

What fundamental beliefs do you hold about God? Are they consistent with who Jesus is?

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