We don’t make deals with God. Let me say that again. We don’t make deals with God. I say that against a backdrop of what Jerry Jones just said. “I made a deal with the Big Guy Upstairs.” We don’t make deals with God; God makes deals with us. We, though don’t make deals with God. It’s very important that you understand that. It’s very logical. You’re like, OK, I can understand that. Then quickly we jump to Jerry Jones and go, “The audacity of Jerry Jones saying he is gonna make a deal. He’s made a deal with the Man Upstairs, the Big Guy Upstairs. I think that is horrible!”
Be careful. Aaaah! I want to say that. Ed, be careful! We’ve all made deals with God. Look to your right, look to your left, look up here. You’re looking at people who have made deals with God. I’d bet you some money one of the first prayers you ever prayed was a deal-making prayer.
You’re in the third grade, it’s test time. You don’t know up from down. You’re like, “Lord, just give me a glimpse of Laura Patton’s paper! She’s right in front of me. She makes straight As and Lord, if you give me that glimpse I won’t cuss for like two months!”
You’re in high school. “Lord, just give me 10 minutes with this girl because I can ask her out. And if she says yes, God, I’m not gonna argue with my sisters for this whole year. Please, God!”
Then we get older, “Lord, when the management team emerges from the board room I pray they offer me this job. And I pray the compensation is massive and the perks are unbelievable and that office, that corner office, Lord, you know I want it. And God, if you give this to me I’ll tithe to Fellowship Church.”
All those sound familiar, don’t they? What are we doing? We’re making deals with God! “God, I know what’s best for me. I tell you what, you’re in my pocket and I’ll take you out of my pocket when I need you and you perform. All right! I got the job! I talked to the girl. All right! I saw Laura Patton’s paper. Thank you, God. Good boy!” Put him away.
“God, I’m gonna write my will for my life. I know what’s best. I mean, seriously. I know what’s best. You’re the detached deity, you’re the Man Upstairs, and I’m gonna cut a deal with you. I know what’s best so I’m gonna write out my plans and I will tell you what, God. I’m gonna need you so just initial this page right here, yeah. OK, that’s right. OK, thank you. I’ll need ya in a little while.” We make deals, don’t we? With God. We all make deals with God. Negotiating.