God Is No Wizard
1 John 5:14-15
“So we’d like you to keep your promise to us, if you please, sir,” said Dorothy to the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. “Not so fast! Not so fast!” boomed the Wizard. “I’ll have to give the matter a little thought. Go away and come back tomorrow!” Dorothy, the cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man agreed: “If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises!” The riled Wizard went on the offensive: “Do you presume to criticize the Great Oz? You ungrateful creatures!” As devotees of Frank Baun’s children’s classic know all too well, Dorothy’s tiny Toto proceeded at this point to pull back the curtain and expose the “great and powerful Oz” for what he really was: “I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.”
Aren't you glad that your requests aren't directed to a good man who is a very bad wizard? The cowardly Lion’s courage, the Tin Man’s heart, and the Scarecrow’s brain were finally delivered (in a manner of speaking). But it takes far more than a fake Wizard to meet the deep needs of the human heart. It takes a God who is truly great and powerful, who keeps his promises, and who reveals himself personally instead of through smoke and wizardry. Through Jesus Christ, God issues an invitation for us to turn to him as a heavenly Father who stands ready to hear our prayers and meet our needs.
The Apostle John concludes his first epistle by summarizing the confidence that every believer has in approaching God: If we ask things of God consistent with his will, he hears us. And if he hears us—whatever we ask that is consistent with his will—we know that we have it from him. That relationship is a far cry from wizards, gods, and good men who promise much but are powerless to deliver.
God is no wizard. He is the loving, sovereign Lord of all creation, who knows your needs and longs to meet them for your good and his glory. Today would be a good day to refresh your faith in his responsiveness to you.
God’s Promise to You: “I delight in responding to you when you call upon me.”
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