We’ve all watched Batman.
Let’s try that again; we should have all watched Batman. In some form.
Most of us are familiar with the character Two Face and if you watched the more recent adaptation of the movie, then you probably remember the line ‘He’s not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need’ (I love ‘tight’ movie lines by the way)
But I digress, forgive me.
The concept of the two face character is that he has one side of his body that is handsome and smiley and buff while the other side is an ugly monster. The side that faces you is what you get. Handsome side = nice, sane side; monster side= wicked side.
But of course, the character is somewhat metaphorical. Human beings tend to be ‘two facish’ depending on a number of factors. But instead of calling it two face (or five face, for some people), we call it mood swings or ‘oju aiye’ (depending on the context). I wont be talking about the extreme cases which are psychiatric disorders.
Exampli gratia, the same guard that eyed you suspiciously when you came to a certain office without your car, is all smiles and sunshine to you the next day you drive your Toyota Camry 2013 there. What is that? Oju aiye
Or, this female co worker that is usually really cool, and even sweet most times, is sometimes inexplicably grouchy and even borderline aggressive some days. Yep. Mood swings.
Many times, the pendulum-like change in people has absolutely nothing to do with us. But sometimes, the change in someone’s disposition towards us is due to some percieved grievance from us.
A classical example, you find one piece of meat accompanying your meal (instead of the usual two or three pieces) and your ‘loving wife’ is stonily eating her own food opposite you,daring you to complain. Beht of course you’ve done something wrong. Most of the meal would probably be spent mentally going through all the things you’ve done (or not done) since the last time you saw her smiling.
The bottom line is that we dont usually expect people to be good to us when we’ve done something against them. Depending on the magnitude of the perceived grievance, we expect to see the ‘otherside’ of them.
We can sometimes project this human variable-ness unto God.
We can assume God has mood swings; He is sometimes in the mood to bless and sometimes He is not.
Then when we have done wrong, it is easy to assume that God changes the way He thinks of us. That He witholds His love, when we are not living up to the standard of His grace, just up till we get our act together and start living right again.
We think of God as emotional, just like us.
But the Bible disagrees.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (The Living Bible)
I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you, the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed
The Message Bible Translation
And very strongly, again
There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle
The Message Bible Translation
He doesn’t do ‘Come back when I am less mad at you’ or ‘Come back when I am more in the mood’ or ‘Come back when…’
He is who the Bible says He is. He does what the Bible says He will do.
I pray God gives us all insight on the far reaching implications of this fact.
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