Let God Be God
There are many songs of praise and worship that declare the glory of God. We’ve all heard the testimonies that magnify God. And Bible stories that remind us of the incredible things God has done for us, and continues to do.
Even when we have not experienced these things personally, we have heard enough stories that show how mighty God is – Yet we play God.
While we are quick to rebuff this idea that we play God. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Whose counsel do we seek when you face challenges, yours or God’s? Who is sitting on the throne of your heart: your flesh with its desires or Jesus?
2. When you achieve success, awards, money, or a host of good things, what’s the first thing you do? Do you reward yourself for all your hard work, accept the praises you get for being so smart? So charming are the many honors that this world throws our way.
3. Do you find that you often forget to thank God for things and do because you feel guilty and not necessarily for because it is what you truly want to do?
4. When you do go to God for His help, do you find it hard to wait on Him and often find yourself helping God in His answer? After all, it may take God forever to do it God’s way and you only have a limited amount of time, so you do things God’s way?
5. Do you find you justify helping God by declaring that faith without works is dead, even though you know deep down that what you’re doing may not be what the Bible was talking about?
If we are being honest, we may have answered most of these questions Yes, I know I did.
I listen to praise songs, worship God and even read my Bible but once I’m faced with real-life challenges, I tend to turn to my life experiences to make decisions instead of God’s
But God is so busy, and I’m a strong independent person who can resolve her own issues.
And when I do go to God, or try to do things God’s way, the time required and the fruit of the spirit to be exerted makes it less than an attractive option. Sometimes I find it hard to be patient or to be kind or loving and gentle. Sometimes I just want to get what I want when I want it. No matter the consequences.
Maybe you’ve said similar things. It’s very easy to take the easy route, and help God along the way.
Here’s example of what helping God looks like it scripture:
The scriptures say that Abraham had two sons,one from a slave and one from his wife. The son of the slave was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of his wife was born as God’s fulfillment of his promise. (Galatians 4:22-23).
From the above account we can see a few things:
- Ishmael, Haggai’s son was born because Sarah and Abraham had been trying to fulfill God’s promise to Abraham by human effort.
- Isaac was God’s own fulfillment of his promise to Abraham and came 25-years after God first told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. 25-years!
- There’s always a difference between blessings obtained by human effort and by godly effort. For the latter, the glory always belong to God not man, can rightfully state that they did it in their power. A 90-year old Sarah could not have given birth under human circumstances.
Abraham’s account is one of the most popular Bible stories.
This story teaches us that God will make good on his promise if we trust him and wait on him.
We may believe we wouldn’t have done what Sarah did. Isn’t it funny how we think we would have done things better than the Bible characters that got it wrong?
I have realized with Sarah and Abraham’s story, how hard it must have been to want a child so badly, and the pressure and shame she must have felt about being barren. But it didn’t change the fact that she was using human effort to fulfill God’s promise.