Humble Ourselves

“the LORD giveth, and the LORD taketh away. Blessed be the Name of the LORD.” – Job 1:21

 

We must humble ourselves before the LORD and not place blame on the LORD, but glorify Him. Nothing we have is ours. Our money, our jobs, our health, our clothes, our bikes – all belong to Him, not to us. When we lose a comfort we must give thanks to the LORD for having had the comfort for the time we did. We must realize all is according to His will, not ours, and in this when we lose things, it is the same blessing as when we gain things.

Job was humble, and quiet and composed, and glorified God even as everything was taken away from him. He never lost his temper, never lost his faith, but continued to thank and glorify God. When everything was gone, he fell down and worshipped. If his riches were the principle of his religion then in losing his riches he would also have lost his religion. He did not. God is apart from all our earthly trappings and Job realized this. We were born naked into this world with nothing, and that’s how we return. We must submit ourselves to the will of God, whether we are being given to or taken away from, we must always remember to give thanks. Blessed be the Name of the LORD.

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A Note On Trust

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart” – Proverbs 3:5

It rained today. Hard. I was standing in my garage with my dog, Ranger, waiting for the storm to pass. To pass the time, I threw a stick into the front yard, thinking he would fetch it in the downpour and cool off a bit. He didn’t budge.

I looked at him and said “Ranger, do you trust me?”

He looked at me with eyes that said “I trust you with all my heart.”

I said, “Then go get the stick!” He immediately leapt into the front yard after the stick, and the second he left the dryness of the garage the rain stopped. Just like that. Not a single drop fell as he brought the stick back to me, dry and happy. Within seconds, the rain started again. I looked up at the sky, speechless.

If we trusted God as much as Ranger trusted me, miraculous things can happen. When things do not go as we plan, when the chips are down and the stakes are high, when we try our hardest to come up with the answers ourselves and none present themselves, it is sometimes difficult to place everything in the hands of God, but it is that much more important that we do so. We should not rely on the earthly, but put our trust in the LORD and do it unconditionally, with all our hearts.

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8)

Ranger’s unwavering faith in me put in perspective the way I should trust God. That I should lay everything at His feet, and just simply trust. No conditions. No bargains. Just peaceful trust. God has a plan for me that I do not understand. I pray that I can release the last of my reluctance to trust, the last of my reluctance to submit myself to His will. That I can jump out into the rain, not fearing that I will get wet, and bring my spiritual stick back to God in perfect faith, perfect love, perfect trust.

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