"Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul."
II Samuel 12: 7
King James Version
"When We Get Too Big For Our Britches"
"Oh! For a spirit that bows always before the sovereignty of God!"
C. H. Spurgeon
How do I try to control the events in my life?
In what events in my life have I seen God at work?
"From Thee, great God, we spring to Thee, we tend, path, motive, guide, original, and end."
INSPIRATION "I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me."
The above quote was penned by one of my personal heroes. He is someone I would have loved to meet - the missionary to China - Hudson Taylor.
For any of us who have ever felt in our lives that we are trying our best to do God's will only to find ourselves falling into one disaster after another, we have company in the life of Hudson Taylor. Yet despite all the challenges he faced, this man of God came to recognize that God is always at work through His children if we will just let Him use us.
This particular thought was underscored to me yesterday when I read a prayer request from Donna. I have to tell you that her note brought tears to my eyes. Job, and all the disasters which hit him and his family, has a relative in precious Donna. She has had so many tragedies strike her family, physically, financially, emotionally and finally, spiritually, it's almost impossible to know how anyone would handle all of the challenges she has in front of her. As I read about what she is going through right now, I found my daily problems seemed small indeed.
To be honest with you, I think we all have times when we feel overwhelmed and gasping for breath as the floodwaters threaten us. When I get to feeling this way, I go outside my house at the darkest time of the night and look into the sky, northward from where I live. I gaze up at a cluster of stars called the Pleiades. In his poem, "God, the Architect," author Harry Kemp wrote:
"Who Thou art I know not
But this much I know;
Thou has set the Pleiades
In a silver row."
The words of this poem remind me of what God said to His dear friend Job, when on the brink of utter discouragement and despair, Job began to question God's ability to handle everything that was going on in his life. In Job 38, we read that out of a whirlwind, God responded to Job's concerns. How interesting that God's answer came out of a whirlwind, which is defined as a violently, tumultuous, confused rush of destructive force, like air. This description may be something you can relate to right now in your life - for you may feel that things around you are swirling in a confused and tumultuous manner, leaving destruction all around.
It was from this mess, that God's voice was heard, reminding Job it was his Father, God, who had, "bound the sweet influences of Pleiades, and loose the bands of Orion (Job 38: 31). This is our sovereign Father who is never too tired to be there for you and me, for He promises that He, "will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He who keeps you will neither slumber nor sleep…the Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life" (Psalm 121: 3, 7 Amplified Bible).
And this is our sovereign Father who tells us that He protects us, like a mother protects her young: "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, flutterth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, bearing them on her wings" (Deuteronomy 32: 11 K.J.V.).
This is the kind of undivided attention we have from God whose sovereign rule of our lives is evident, not only in the calm moments but in the tumult, too.
Helen Keller wrote a most inspiring thought when she observed, "If the blind put their hand in God's, they find their way more surely than those who see but have not faith or purpose." This observation by a lady who herself could not see, serves as a warning to all of us when, in the old-fashioned phrase, "We get too big for our britches." I don't know about you but my parents made this statement to me more than once when they thought I was acting too cocky to take advice or learn something I needed to know that could protect me from making a disastrous mistake.
This phrase, "Too big for your britches" takes us back inside the palace walls in Jerusalem where the prophet Nathan informed David that he had gotten too haughty, too cocky, too high and mighty. He had gotten too big for his britches and God wanted Nathan to remind David that he had not ascended to the throne of Israel and Judah on his own, nor had he survived the threatening battles against King Saul on his own, he needed help -- big time help! And just in case David's memory had lapsed, God let him know that it was David's heavenly Father who was in charge - not David.
What a reminder for you and me. Especially when the whirlwinds swirl around us. Our Father is not only in charge, He is capable and equipped to handle anything and everything we face. How thankful I am to be His child and to have a Father who can handle my life.
"Behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above His own."
James Russell Lowell
AFFIRMATION How Great Thou Art
"O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze; then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!"
Stuart K. Hine
(Let's all go outside tonight and look into the sky, wherever we are on this globe we call planet earth, and look for the Pleiades. Then thank our Father that He has your life and mine in the palm of His hand. "You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand has held me up" (Psalm 18: 35 Amplified Bible).
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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