We’ve all heard the question is your glass half full or half empty but have you ever stopped to think that it may have some theological implications?
I’m reading the Old Testament Book of Hosea and I’ve always known it was hard being a prophet but the book of Hosea brings that clearly into focus. God commands Hosea to marry a prostitute to show the citizens of Israel that they have prostituted themselves and turned from God.
Most of us when we read this book are shocked that God would tell His prophet to do such a thing. But if we stop and think for a moment, there are really only two ways to understand it. We can see it as God dealing unfairly with his prophet or we can see it as a loving message from a sovereign God warning His children that they have turned from Him and are prostituting themselves with other gods. Let’s stop and consider the implications in these 2 choices and consider how our choices shape who we are becoming in this journey called life.
In all of life’s challenging moments we can either look for God’s loving intention, the glass half full, or see God in a negative light, unloving, unreasonable, uncaring, the jar half empty. Always seeing the negative in life and people says a lot about our view of God and, if we’re not careful, we can become, like Eve, seeing God as holding out on us as implied by the serpent. No matter what the situation is, we always have those 2 choices, seeing the glass half full or seeing the glass half empty. We can either trust God and praise Him or see only the bad in whatever the situation is.
It’s always amazed me that Jesus spent much of His time with people we wouldn’t be caught dead with and yet they always seemed to be quite comfortable around Him. Jesus accepted people as they were but He didn’t stop there. He comforted those needing comforting; challenged those needing challenging; and confronted those who needed confronting and were almost always religious people. He invited them to step out of their comfort zones and troubles and follow Him.
We can live like that also accepting people as they are without looking down our nose at ’em and helping them see themselves in a new, life changing way. If we don’t, we fail to love the very people God placed in our paths for a specific reason and hinder our own growth in the process as we rant and rave about not being able to follow our own agendas and create for ourselves a lot of unneeded stress and anxiety.
The most unfortunate consequence of always seeing the glass half empty is we fail to see God’s heart and His love for His children. We miss walking through life with God and experiencing a real, life-changing relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We miss seeing and experiencing life through His eyes and in accordance with His will and instead become the kind of people that most healthy people don’t want to be around.
Shaking your fist in the face of a sovereign God is never a very wise thing to do. So stop and think for a moment. Do you normally see the glass half full or half empty? How you answer that says a lot about what you think of God and yourself!