We must be ever so careful NOT to “despise” any person… and this is totally contrary to our normal inclination, which is to respect and honor those we admire and to “look down on” those who we feel are inferior.
Our education system…. our parenting… are all designed to make us take pride in ourselves and our own wisdom and accomplishments…. and this makes it hard for us to understand God’s ways.
“…God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
“that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29) … “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another…” (Isaiah 42:8)
Exodus 20:25 “… if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; FOR IF YOU USE YOUR TOOL ON IT, you have PROFANED it.”
I want you to understand the utter FOOLISHNESS of thinking that YOU can do GOD’s work for Him…. do I need to repeat it ?
The ONLY thing that you can do…. the ONLY thing that GOD expects of you…. is to be UTTERLY HELPLESS and TOTALLY DEPENDENT on His power…. your TOTAL SURRENDER is all that He requires of you.
Consider two examples…
Joshua 5:13 – 6:20 …. I want you to notice that regardless of what military plans Joshua may have been arranging to take the city, Jericho…… when the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, his only proper response was “WHAT SAITH MY LORD UNTO HIS SERVANT ?” …….. and the NON-MILITARY and rather “silly” idea of simply walking around the great city for 7 days… achieved an amazing victory by the power of GOD.
Luke 5:5 – 8… I want you to notice Simon’s reply to Jesus, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken NOTHING; nevertheless, AT THY WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NET.”…. and the result was nothing short of AMAZING, but it defied all human wisdom and “logic”.
DO YOU GET IT YET ?
There is NOTHING that you can do for GOD except surrender yourself to Him….. and put all YOUR plans one side… and then WAIT and see how He will direct your life.
“TRUST and OBEY… for there is NO OTHER WAY…. to be HAPPY in Jesus…. but to TRUST and OBEY” John H. Sammis
Prayer for Today:
Lord, we have heard Your Word and we seek Your Guidance… please help us to patiently wait… and grant that we will RECOGNIZE and ACT in ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTIONS when You give them…. for Jesus sake…. Amen.