Is God Playing with Us?

Chic Broersma

READ : John 14:1-14

Do not let your hearts be troubled. (v. 1 NIV)

You’re reading a Bible story to your granddaughter. It reminds her of the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” She asks, “Why does God hold the world in his hands?” You answer, “Because we’re his children and he loves us.” She probes, “Is the world like a big doll house, and God is playing with us?” An adult might ask the same question cynically. The child doesn’t. Watch her playing with her doll house; note her warm feelings and love for her dolls, the tender care of moving them about, of gently talking to them. That’s how she sees God, our heavenly Father, caring for us his children. Her vision is right on. No wonder Jesus calls us to imitate children.

If our approach were more childlike we wouldn’t fear for ourselves and for our loved ones as we do. We want protection from accidents and illness for ourselves and the little ones. But when is the last time fearing for them helped? The Bible promises, “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge” (Prov. 14:26 NIV).

“Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Our love for God is imperfect, but God’s love for us and our children and grandchildren is faultless. It’s able to drive out our worries. Live in awe of God daily, and “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”


Lord, replace my fears with faith.