Wednesday, August 3, 2016

He's the Expert. Let Him Do It.

Think about something you are good at.

Maybe you are a very good cook and you can get into the kitchen and have a gourmet meal ready in minutes.

Perhaps you are a mechanic and you can easily diagnose problems with any type of vehicle.

Maybe you do landscaping and know all the secrets to a perfectly manicured lawn.

Whatever it is... think of something you're good at, something that you know about, something you could be called an expert at, or something that you are qualified to do.

Now, imagine what it is like to have to stand and watch someone who was unqualified, a novice, do that activity and you cannot help them.  You cannot give them direction.  You cannot do it for them.  You are forced to stand there and watch as they make mistakes.  As they mess it up.  As they do it totally wrong, you have to observe in silence.

How does that feel?

You want to run over them to them and say, "stop, stop, stop, let me show you how to do this."

You may just want to do it for them... because it would lessen the burden and be easier on both of you.  It would be quicker and less troublesome for you to just do it yourself.  After all... you're the expert.  You know what you're doing!

I believe this is how God feels as He watches us daily trying to do things all on our own.

We try and handle it.

We try and fix it.

We try and take care of things, all by ourselves.

And, we really have no idea what we're doing.

We need to realize that God is an expert at taking care of us.

Supplying all our need is what He does.

Not because we have earned His attention or blessing, not because we were good the day before, and because we deserve it... it's simply because of who He is.

1 Peter 5:7 says "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."

All your care.

Not just the big things.

The little, annoying, eat away at your mind and heart things too.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31)

God named Himself Father.  He actually calls Himself Abba Father which means "daddy" Father because He desires to nurture and love and care for us.

He named Himself Jehovah-Jireh because He longs to provide for us.

Jehovah-Rophe because He is our healer.

Savior because He longs to save us from all our sins.

Redeemer because He purchases us for Himself.

The Bread of Life because He wants to fill us and sustain us with His Word.

The Author because He began our story and He will finish it.

Prince of Peace because He offers us His perfect peace and understanding in the middle of life's chaos.

Alpha and Omega because He is the beginning and the end.

The Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep.

He said I AM that I AM because He wants to be our all-in-all and everything that we ever have need of.

You and and I don't name God.  God names Himself.  He spoke of who He is and the names He gives Himself show us who He longs to be in our lives.

And, He's an expert at everything He does!

He doesn't quit either.  The artist who began painting a masterpiece in your life will never toss it out onto the street because that would defy who He is.

Psalm 23:3 says "He restores my soul: He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."

Isaiah 48:11 says "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another."

Now, this is one of those deep, theological thoughts that can be hard to wrap your brain around, but it is fundamental and foundational to understanding God's commitment to you and His work in your life.

God forgives, loves, protects, saves, heals, provides, delivers, covers, and cares for us... for His own name's sake.  He will never give up, and His love never fails, because that would defy who He is.  

He doesn't do it because we have earned it or deserved it.  He doesn't do it because we qualify or work really hard.  He doesn't do it because we go to church every Sunday and Wednesday or because we help teach classes, clean the church, or pay our tithes.  God does all these things, wants to do all these things, and desires to do all these things because it glorifies Him.

It exalts His name.

It brings honor to His name.

It shows His name to be greater, mightier, and higher than any other name.

He has accepted the responsibility of being all that His name declares Him to be.  He performs every duty and every function of every name and title so that His name will always be magnified and praised.  He receives the honor and glory for everything that is accomplished.  Men cannot boast of their own achievements and abilities in His glorious presence.  All the glory goes to Him.  He is Holy and Righteous.  And all His works are perfect and good so that everything accomplished might honor and exalt Him.

All of His good works are in spite of whatever we might attempt to accomplish on our own.  In spite of our failures and mistakes, He is God and He fulfills His Word and His purpose so that His name is honored and testified of.

You and I may be unfinished, but we can have the confidence that He will finish the work He began in us because of who He is.  Maybe your painting looks to be a bit of mess right now, but the artist still has the palette and the brush in His hand and He knows the plans and the thoughts He has for you and He is going to bring you to His expected end.

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