Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:00
Are we unquestionably submissive and reliant creatures? Obedience is free agency, but the future we do not know at all. We inadequately know the past. The present glides by and we have but a partial knowledge of it.
The chief work of God’s creatures is to subject your purposes to those of the Supreme will. We must not for a moment suppose that we are at liberty to proceed without reference to anyone but ourselves. We may have our own wills only as our wills harmonize with God’s will.
We are constantly forming new plans, beginning new enterprises and entering upon new and uncertain experiences. Hence we need to acknowledge our relationship to the Almighty who inhabits eternity-our maker, our sovereign Ruler, our Judge and our God. It is our duty and privilege to look up to Him, “with whom there Is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, “(James 1:17) that He may be the strength of our hearts in our defenselessness.
Our ignorance and imperfection are strong reasons why we should feel dependence upon our Maker. We are not humble, submissive and trustful. Though created in the image God, and “living, and moving and having our being in Him, “(Acts 17:28) we have not acknowledge our relationshi9p and we have not looked up to the Infinite Ruler of the universe for guidance and support.
The shortness and uncertainty of human life is another reason why we should feel dependence on God: “What is (our) life? It is even vapor, that appears for a while and then vanished away “(James 4:14). The proper way for us to acknowledge our dependence on God is to refer to His will in all our plans and undertaking, to say, “If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:15).
If we consciously “live, and move, and have our being” in God, we will be filled with a glad sense of security, firmness and power amid the rapid changes of this life and the dark mystery that overhangs it.
God’s will is the only firm ground; all events occur in conformity with His will, and whoever falls in with it is truly blessed. We must therefore, in our plans and purposes refer first to the Divine will. Our prayers and the real desire of our hearts must be: “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Mathew 6:10).
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
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