God is God, and I am not!
I love the beginning of a new year! It feels like a fresh start. I don’t like to make New Year’s Resolutions because they usually don’t last very long. I do, however, like to spend time seeking direction for the coming year. For 2013, I believe that the direction I’ve been given is this: God is God, and I am not!
This phrase comes from the book Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur. I’m reading the book to supplement my Master’s degree studies in Christian Counseling, and as so often happens, God speaks to me when I don’t know that I’m even listening.
God alone is eternal; He knows the end from the beginning,
and thus He is able to comprehend exactly how all things will in fact
“work together for good,” no matter how distressing
some of those things might seem to us…Therefore, God deserves
to be honored, worshiped, trusted, feared, and loved as God.
Our responsibility and privilege is to glorify Him: to enhance His
reputation in the minds of rational creatures and to live our lives
and order our days so that all who encounter us will have a
higher regard for God than they might have had they never
encountered us! But our besetting temptation is to glorify self:
to live life as if we were the center of the universe, as if the
enhancement of our reputation were a meritorious pursuit, and
as if our contentment were the greatest good of the cosmos.
That is why every believer must continually be confronted with
the demand that God be honored as God (p.55-56).
To live by the words “God is God and I am not” will require an understanding of the words of Jesus in John 12:25, “He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.” It will require self-denial and self-sacrifice to understand that I can’t make things happen, I’m not in control, and I don’t run the show of my own life. It will mean accepting things that I would normally balk at. It will mean keeping my mouth shut when I would rather say what I think.
Crud!!! Do I really want to have these words as my directive for 2013? No, I probably don’t, but I believe that I’m supposed to, so here goes. This could be an interesting year!