Holding God Accountable
YES! It's a thing!
Firstly, You probably think I’m wilding 😂.
Secondly, I’m sure you are thinking “haaibo, is holding God accountable even a thing?”
Yes it is.
Read on to find out how to go about it.
Sometimes we wrestle with unjust things that happen in our personal lives and in the world. As a child of God, you find yourself wondering why God is not coming through or showing up when you need Him to. You pray but your prayers don’t yield anything fruitful. Backed in a corner, you start questioning whether God is faithful, hears your cries and sees what you are going through. Although the article isn’t about that, I want to assure you that He hears and sees it all.
Now with the picture I’ve painted above in mind (not the image of the dog 😂), shift your mind to how you can hold God accountable when you are faced with surreal circumstances. Circumstances that make you wail: “where art thou, Lord? You promised to never leave nor forsake me. Are you going to stand by and watch me drown?”
The idea of holding God accountable sounds uncanny and unchristian. Like, “who do you think you are? God does not answer to anyone!” Many may say this and feel this way because of a lack of understanding or knowledge of the covenant that God has with us (human beings).
Think of a Covenant as a legally binding agreement. Of all the definitions I found online, this one from the Bible Project detailed it better for me:
“A covenant is a chosen relationship or partnership in which two parties make binding promises to each other and work together to reach a common goal. They’re often accompanied by oaths, signs, and ceremonies. Covenants contain defined obligations and commitments, but differ from a contract in that they are relational and personal.”
I'm sure you’ve experienced a situation whereby you and another person are in conflict because of unknowingly (because they were never communicated) unmet expectations. The truth is, if you haven’t had prior contracting with someone to agree on things, it is difficult to hold them accountable because in essence, you both have no full understanding of what defines your relationship and what to expect from one another. In the same way, our covenant with God entails relational habits + promises. For example, in John 15:4, God, through Jesus, says "abide in me and I will abide in you". If you have done your part but are not feeling his presence, you have to exercise your questioning muscle like David did in many scriptures such as Psalms 10, 22 and 43.