Need A Reminder That You’re Not God?
Have you ever wondered if God really has your best interest at heart? Have you ever thought that God gave you an insignificant gift or talent? Have you ever contemplated your past and wondered why He allowed this or that to happen to you? Have you ever really wanted something and yet knew God was saying to wait…and it ticked you off? Why is He just keeping you away from something you want so badly?
How about looking at others’ lives….Have you ever thought you knew what someone else should or shouldn’t be doing? Have you ever had a wonderful plan for someone’s life if they would just listen to you?!?!
Have you ever wondered how in the world God could love you? I mean, how could He use you after all the bad things you’ve done and said and thought? It’s an overwhelming truth that He does love me, just as I am.
If we’re truthful, all of us would admit that some of these questions have passed through our minds and across our lips.
Why not, Lord?
Why this way, Lord?
Why not this way, Lord?
Why at this time, Lord?
Why not at this time, Lord?
Of course, God can handle any and every question I have for him. I would just like to grow in my trust in Him and experience walking by faith instead of by sight or feeling.
My devotion just last week pointed me to the book of Job and led me in a little exercise. In the moments I find myself wanting to be God or doubting His sovereignty, I can ask myself some of the same questions God asked Job.
Here is my favorite to ask myself in order to remind me that God is God ALONE.
“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning and caused the dawn to know its place?” Job 38:12
This one is good as well: “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water will cover you?” Job 38:34
Or, “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?”
Again, God can handle our doubts and frustrations.
But sometimes I can’t handle my nagging doubts and wandering thoughts, and they seem to overwhelm me and frustrate me…and a good dose of “Hello!!! You’re not God,” is in order.
And then I am reminded of how powerful and right and perfect my God is. Utterly trustworthy and faithful through and through.
Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
Do I know and believe that God can do all things? Am I overwhelmingly convinced that no purpose of His can be thwarted? What freedom comes when I trust Him fully with every detail of my life.
I’ll be using those questions God asked Job to remind me that I most definitely don’t know better than God about anything! He is God alone.