Have you ever seen the movie “Bruce Almighty”? Watching it the other day for about the 20th time, I was again impressed with how a main stream movie handled issues of faith.
The premise of the movie is that Bruce thinks that God is picking on him and that he could do a better job as God. He thinks that his life would be perfect if he just had a better job, more fame, more money. God appears and gives Bruce god-like powers, with the caveat:
You can’t mess with people’s freewill.
Bruce uses his new found abilities to (as he says) “right some wrongs in his own life”. In the process of getting the perfect job, he loses the girl. With everything he has, he can’t “make” the girl stay with him. He can’t mess with her freewill. He then discovers that what he really wants most, what he prays for, is just for the girl to be truly happy.
Now for the spoiler, in the end, he gets the girl and goes back to his old job. He discovers that what he had in the beginning was what he wanted after all.
During the time that Bruce was “God”, he tries to individually answer all the prayers he is hearing but discovers it is just too much. So, he just answers yes to them all. We learn that when everyone gets what they think they need, the world falls apart. If God just says yes to everyone, chaos ensues.
God is played by Morgan Freeman. I loved that choice. I love that it isn’t how most of us middle-aged, white Americans are taught to view Him. It helped to change by image of God. During the movie, there is a homeless mans that continues to appear. In the end, we discover he is God. Another challenge of my view. A reminder:
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
So today I challenge you to see God in a different way. I challenge us all to see God “in one of the least of these brothers”. I challenge us all to remember that God always answers our prayers, sometimes the answer just has to be no. And I challenge us all to have faith in the ways of God.
Thank you for the daily reminders of your love. Thank you for your patience as we try to find our way. And thank you for your guidance on our journey. We ask that you forgive us when we forget to live a life that honors you. We ask that you protect us as we travel through this world. And we ask that you hear the prayers that lay on our hearts as well as the prayers that speak.
In your name,