24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The servant who had the opinion that his master was a “difficult” (HCSB) or “hard” man to please. In fact, what he says reveals his belief that his master was downright unreasonable, requiring the impossible such as to grow things without planting or sowing seed.
In essence, the master did not try to correct the man’s beliefs. He did not try to change his mind. If the servant, after all that time of seeing his actions and example, could not judge his master as being righteous (as the others did), then no amount of talk was going to convince him. Likewise, if, after all God does for us every day, we cannot judge God as just, loving and righteous, then no amount of talk is going to convince us.
Let’s not lose sight that the major lesson here was that we cannot afford to let fear, timidity or any other emotion from getting in the way of doing what is expected of us. The other two servants overcame any internal objections they had to doing their assigned jobs. By overcoming, they were blessed with more in fact.
God gave us a heart and a mind as well as our physical presence. All of these can play tricks on us. This is far from a perfect world, and as a result things don’t always work right. Our bodies can fail us. We can have phantom pains or real ones caused by disease. Our minds can fail us. We can see illusions or develop Alzheimer’s as we age. Our hearts can fail us. We may give our love to the wrong person and become wounded in the process.
Yet, God expects us to overcome not only these but also the influence of the evil one and his society.
It requires commitment. It requires determination. It requires repentance.
Before that, it still requires something, though. It requires something that God expects us to do and continue to do in order to do these things. God will call. God will provide His Holy Spirit. However, there is nothing that will work as long as we determine that God is a hard and unreasonable Being.
Have you ever considered that we judge God?
Judgment takes many forms, and it is not always negative. We must discern between good and evil. That requires a sense of judgment. We must have integrity, which requires honesty. That means we must be able to discern and apply the truth to any given situation. We must be able to discern when someone is lying to us. If not, we will be spiritually crippled and limited at minimum.
However, we still will not make it unless we determine in our minds that God is God, He is good, He is just, and He loves us.
68 You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
It is important that God not only is good, but He is the source of all good.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
So, what difference does it really make? Does God need us in order to tell Him He is good? Hardly! No, it is for our benefit. Without a grounding in what is real, we will be lost in the sea of confusion and deception.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him [God!] faithful who had promised.
The man with one talent feared the master he perceived as being unreasonable. He rejected the job that was given him. David had a different type of fear and judged and proclaimed God as good. Sarah held respect for God and her husband and judged God as trustworthy and capable of keeping His promises.
When someone talks to you about God, what sort of picture do they paint? Do they paint a Supreme Being capable of bringing all who will judge Him as good into salvation? Do they paint God as a harsh Master who is totally unreasonable, or do they paint God as loving, merciful, patient, kind – in other words, the very attributes we are instructed to have? After all, if we are to become like Him, and we are commanded to forgive, encourage and build up, then doesn’t that requires Him to already be like that?
An incorrect picture will always paint God as being inconsistent, illogical, unreasonable and/or a monster.