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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?

PATIENCE

Ye have need of patience — Hebrews 10:36
     No one is born patient.  Babies come out of the womb with no patience at all.  What they want, they want it NOW.  If they don’t get it immediately they will let you know loud and clear!
Patience does not come naturally.  If patience was natural, why does God command us to “be patient” (1 Thess. 5:14; James 5:7)?
Patience is a virtue that must be developed over time. Peter tells us that patience is something we must “add” to our faith (2 Pet. 1:5-7).    Paul tells us the trials help us to develop patience (Rom. 5:3). Patience is also part of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).  When you and I are impatient, it shows we are walking in the flesh and not the Spirit.
When will find ourselves in the grip of impatience, it is time to cry out to the Lord and commit our situation into His capable hands. God may, or may not, immediately resolve the source of your impatience.  It is often a process.  We cannot pray, “Lord, I want patience, and I want it NOW!”  As the words of the gospel song goes, at times He removes our mountains one stone at a time. If we will just be patient, we’ll notice our mountainous problem is getting smaller with time.
As James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

The Help of God

Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD —Isaiah 41:14

Contrary to the popular cliché, God does NOT help those who help themselves. God helps those who CANNOT help themselves. If you CAN help yourself, you don’t need God’s help, do you?  Don’t expect God to help you when you already have the strength to do it yourself.   When Israel realized it was nothing more than a worm, that is when God promised “I will help thee.” 

It has been said, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” This is NOT TRUE.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says God will not allow you to be tempted without giving you an escape. But God never promised He would not give you more than you could handle.

The truth is: God sometimes DOES give you more than you can handle to teach you to  DEPEND ON HIM rather than depend on yourself.

So if you find yourself in a situation that is more than you can handle, rejoice!  You are a candidate for God to show Himself strong on your behalf! (see 2 Chron. 16:8-9).

Remember, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, not our strengths.

Faith Versus Worry

…this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. —1 John 5:4

At our church we sometimes sing the little chorus, “Why Worry When You Can Pray?” A great truth in that chorus.  But the opposite is equally true: “Why Pray When You Can Worry?”  That is, you cannot pray and worry at the same time—They are incompatible. If you pray, don’t worry. If you worry, don’t bother praying.

Worry is akin to fear and it has a paralyzing effect.  Worry never solves anything. It is a waste of time. It drains you emotionally.

Worry is sin, because it is a manifestation of unbelief. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). Worry is opposite of trusting God. Worry magnifies your problem above God, thereby turning your problem into an idol.

When you worry, you are focused on self and not the Lord. Instead of “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:2), we are looking away from Jesus to our problem(s).  I read where someone said, “Ego means ‘Edging God out.’” Amen! That is what worry does.

Worry makes you the victim, but faith gives you the victory.  How do you overcome worry?  By trusting God that He is working all things for good (Rom. 8:28).

So, what are you going to do? Trust God and pray? Or, fret and worry? Take your pick. You cannot do both.

Our Declaration of Dependence

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. —Psalms 20:7

238 years ago today the 13 American colonies signed “The Declaration of Independence” and our country was born.  It has been said that the thing American’s cherish the most is their independence. Teenagers long for their independence. Senior citizens hope to maintain their independence. There are churches that boast of being “independent churches.”

While all this talk of independence sounds appealing, it can also be a determinant in the spiritual realm. The only Being who is truly “independent” is God. His name is “I AM,” meaning He is self-existent.   He depends on no one. Every other creature is dependent on God, whether they recognize it or not (Dt. 8:18; Job 35:7; Lam. 3:22; John 3:27; 1 Cor. 4:7; James 1:17). In and of myself, I am nothing (Isa. 40:17, 23; Dan. 4:35). Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).

In fact, the essence of sin is acting independently of God (Isa. 53:6).   A.W. Tozer explains in his classic work, The Knowledge of the Holy— “Sin has many manifestations but its essence is one. A moral being, created to worship before the throne of God, sits on the throne of his own selfhood and from that elevated position declares, “I AM.” That is sin its concentrated essence.”

King Asa was a man who recognized his utter dependence on the Lord when confronted with an enemy army twice the size as his army. He prayed, “Help us, O Lord our God, for we REST on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude” (2 Chron. 14:11).  Because Asa depended on God, he defeated the Ethiopian army.  For 25 years Judah enjoyed peace under Asa’s reign.  But then Asa failed to depend wholly on the Lord and began to depend on Syria for help.  The prophet Hanani rebuked Asa, “Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord the God… Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars” (2 Chron. 16:7, 9).  In the latter years of his reign, Asa still failed to depend on God.  He “was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians(2 Chron. 16:12).

Such is the sad results of depending on the arm of flesh instead of relying on arm of the Lord. Hear what the Bible says:

  • Psalms 118:8—It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
  • Proverbs 3:5—Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Far from being self-reliant, we are totally and eternally dependent on the Lord who died to set us free. May we every day make our “declaration of DEPENDENCE!