Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Do you feel the urge to "help" God?

Let God fulfill his promises. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that we need to “help” God to be faithful to his word. Resist the urge to grab the reigns that only God should hold.

Throughout biblical history we run into so many pillars in the faith that have had an issue earlier on in their lives with trusting God. Fearing for his own life, Abraham showed a lack of faith when he gave his wife Sarah to the Egyptians and to Abimelech. This occurred even after multiple promises from God that he would be the father of many nations. Why was he fearing for his life with this kind of promise from God? To top it off, it was even after the covenant of circumcision. Sarah showed a lack of faith when she offered her handmaiden to her husband instead of waiting for God to fulfill his promise. And Abraham went along with the idea. Rebecca showed a lack of faith when she decided to manipulate Isaac in order to fulfill the promise she received directly from God about Jacob. Jacob participated in the deceit to obtain the blessing that God had already promised would be his. The stories could continue.

Now, most of these people finally, in faith, let go and allowed God to do his work without their “help”. God restored them, used them, raised them up to be pillars in the faith, and was still true to his promises. As it states in 2 Timothy” if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” However, as we know there were huge consequences to their faithlessness. Let’s learn from the lives of our forefathers and reject the urge to take the reigns. Allow God to be God and to fulfill his promises in your life. Don’t’ hear what I am not saying. I am not saying that we should just sit back and do nothing. No, you must respond to his direction, be a devoted follower of Christ, obey his commands, and passionately live out who you now are in Christ.

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