Before we get mad at our kids for their bad behavior, think about how God reacts to this behavior. For yes, we grownups can do the same thing. We might do or not do something. We might say or not say something. We might think or not think something. We might act or not act in direct disobedience to God. And when we do this and God disciplines in mercy, we might have the nerve to turn it back on Him and somehow blame Him for our discomfort.
When this happens does God try to explain Himself? Does God give attention to our temper tantrums? Does God try to change our bad attitude?
Often, He is silent about the issue.
Read this from Beth Moore:
"God is wholly secure in His sinless character. He doesn't feel a compulsion to protect Himself from misunderstandings by threading disclaimers on every sacred page. He doesn't have to take up for Himself because nothing can bring Him down. He doesn't incessantly qualify Himself because He is already qualified."
I think over the last almost 23 years of parenting I have had and I believe there have been times I have caved into my kids much to their detriment. Some kids (and some adults) are master manipulators and if there is a shred of "wanting to be loved (also known as the people-pleasing gene)" in us, we might allow their manipulation to work.
Manipulating God never works. He doesn't cave in to our bad behavior. Praise God for this.
Just think if He did.
If we could manipulate God to do what we wanted Him to do, our lives would be chaos. Our lives would be in our control. And since we can't see the big picture most of the time, a lot of the things we want to happen might be the very things that shouldn't happen. What a mess this life would be for all!