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Leave It With God

It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. —1 Samuel 3:18

When young Samuel informed Eli that God was going to put an end to his family, how did Eli receive the bad news?  He said, “It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.”

When Abishai and Joab were surrounded by enemies, Joab looked at the situation and said, “Let us play the men for our people and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.” (2 Sam. 10:12).

These expressions reveal a willingness to leave the outcome of their situations with God, who will do what is best. Instead of dictating to God how He needs to resolve our problems, how much better to leave our difficult situations in God’s hands. After all, isn’t God “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). When we know God as we should, we will pray, “I leave it to Thee, Lord.  Do what seemeth to Thee good.”

For example. Suppose you have a friend in some trouble.  You have a plan that will help him. However, in the meantime, he comes to you to borrow some money that will only give temporary relief. His need is not for money.  His request for money limits your ability to help.  His low thoughts cannot rise to what you are able to do for him.

Why doesn’t your friend “ask or think” more “worthy” of your ability?  Because he does not know you well enough!  He measures your willingness and ability to help by his own weak power to ask.  Thus it is when we don’t know God’s exceeding abundant power to give beyond anything we ask or think our prayers are weak and anemic.

I recently read the following prayer of a man who really knew God, and was aware of his own weaknesses:  “Lord, what wilt Thou?  Do not heed my requests if Thou seest they are not good.  Do not do, or give this, because I ask for it.  Withhold it, if Thou, who seest the end from the beginning, seest it will not be for my good.  I am so foolish and ignorant before Thee, and Thou art so wonderful, so wise, and so good. … Oh, that I may be filled with the knowledge of Thy will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding—that I may enjoy the perfect rest which that knowledge will give.”

HOW MANY OF OUR PRAYERS ARE LIKE THIS?

How Big Is Your God?

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think… —Ephesians 3:20

The size of your faith will determine the size of your God.  God operates on our behalf within the parameters of our faith.  God desires to “shew himself strong” but His might is often dwarfed by our midget faith.   Jesus “did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (Mt. 13:58).  Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Mt. 9:29).

On one occasion, the Bible says, “the power of the Lord was present to heal them” (Luke 5:17).  Unfortunately, only one man was actually healed.  Why were not more healed? The problem was not in the power—It was present! The problem was an absence of faith.

God invites us “open thy mouth WIDE, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10).  Our problem is we ask too little and think too small.  Our mistake is in thinking God is altogether such an one as ourselves (Ps. 50:21).  We ask according as a man would ask of another man, and therefore expect nothing more than what a finite man can provide.

After 2000 years, we are still standing around asking God, “Lord, IF thou canst do anything… help us.” And He still says to us, “IF thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

In The Name of Jesus

…in the name of the Lord Jesus… —Colossians 3:17

The phrase “in the name of the Lord Jesus” means to do something as though it were literally Jesus doing it.  For example, if I give power of attorney to someone, I am giving them authority to act or decide something as though it was literally me doing it.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”  (Col. 3:17).  God wants us to speak and live as though it was Jesus Himself doing it.

When Paul said, “we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (2 Thess. 3:6), his command was as good as if Jesus were making the command Himself.

We are told to pray in the name of Jesus (John 16:23, 26). Again, that means we should pray as if we were Jesus praying.

When we grasp this truth, it will transform how we speak… what we do… and how we pray.  Think about it:  Do you speak as though it was Jesus speaking.  Are your deeds as though Jesus were doing them?  Do you pray like Jesus prayed?

Looking in Prayer

…the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” —Matthew 15:27

My two rat terriers know when a meal is being prepared at the kitchen counter.  They come and sit at my feet and intently watch my every move as I’m making a sandwich.  They are looking and longing for a crumb to fall their way.  Sometimes I look down at them and I cannot resist the longing look in their eyes. So I give in and toss them a piece of lunchmeat or crust of bread.

Martin Luther once commented about a dog watching him eat in hopes of being rewarded with a morsel of food.  Luther observed, “Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat!  All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish, or hope.”

Do you pray that way? Is your mind fully focused on God answering your prayer? Does your heavenly Master look down see you as you fervently pray, looking up to Him for an answer?

O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and WILL LOOK UP. —Psalm 5:3

The Two Environments of a Christian

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ… — 1 Thessalonians 1:1

When Paul addressed the Thessalonian Christians, he spoke of them living in TWO locations. Geographically, they were living in Thessalonica on earth. Spiritually, they are “in Christ.”  Paul said in Ephesians 2 we live in the world, but we are also seated “in heavenly place in Christ Jesus.

Christians live in two worlds—A visible world and invisible world—A physical environment on earth and a spiritual environment in the heavenlies.

The sustaining of our spiritual life is similar to that of a whale.  A whale lives in a marine environment.  I live in Washington State, by the Puget Sound.  We are often fortunate to see a pod of Orca whales swim near our city.  It is always an impressive site to behold.

A whale would swim along water’s surface for a while.  Before submerging, it would breathe deeply and exhale by shooting up a spectacular spout then disappear beneath the surface in search of food.  That whale could stay under the water for 10-15 minutes, but must resurface for more oxygen or it would die.

The whale doesn’t know much about the world above the water, since most of it’s existence in spent in the water. Yet, although it knows little about the world above him, it still needs regular contact with it to survive.

This is a great picture of the Christians life. We know relatively little about the heavenly realm above us, since most of our activities concern  things on earth. Yet, we must stay in constant contact with the world above us for spiritual breath to maintain our growth in the Lord. That heavenly contact is made through prayer, worship, and nourishment from God’s Word.

While your citizenship in heaven, you live on earth now.  Therefore, in order to grow spiritually stay in regular contact with your heavenly home and heavenly Father.