The serenity of being…
July 27th, 2019
We so often feel that we are less diminished by our position when we seek to elevate ourselves, if nothing else it makes us feel better about our minimal impact on the world.
This is really sad, because the truth of the situation is that there is a serenity in being small, being less, and not having the power or authority to dictate terms.
Scripture and Jesus himself referred to us as his sheep, or his children. He exhausted the week, meek and mild; for they were the ones that he took great pride in protecting.
I’d have to venture that many who have read only these first few lines of today’s devotional will have reflected briefly on the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. There is great benefit in not being “All that!”.
The Joy of Surrender
If we recognize we are small in reference to God then it becomes not only easier to surrender our will to his, but it also takes the pressure off. If we have surrendered, then we aren’t as responsible for the outcome of every situation. Sure, there are times that our Heavenly Father will hand the reins over to us and allow us an opportunity to orchestrate something minor.
I remember my dad would let me sit in his lap and let me drive. His hand never far from the wheel. When he did this, I felt like I was a big boy, all grown up. He was always there to intervene if something came up. I knew it, he knew it, and the ear to ear grin on his face told me that all was well and there was no pressure whatsoever.
God’s like that too.
For the most part, he wants to put us on the road behind the wheel, but he also knows the dangers and the issues that I am not able to deal with successfully. He takes joy in me doing as he instructs me, and I don’t have to feel the pressure of doing everything perfect because the definition of perfect is to be yielded to my Fathers guidance and control.
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
Psalms 73:23-24 (NLT)
He does this for His glory. Of course, a bit of that glory rubs off on me in the process because He is My Father.
When I am truly surrendered to God, He is not only in control, He takes responsibility for me. If I am yielded to Him then the path he directs me to, regardless of the condition of the path, is the right one for me to be on, because He has purposed that path for me, in his infinite wisdom. All because, I am small, and God is Great.
Being subservient to our loving Father is something which relieves the stress from us.
We don’t have to make the big calls, we don’t even have to make the little ones, nor should we.
I’ve actually heard fellow Christians say that they don’t want to bother God with their less than important decisions. The irony in that sort of thinking is that the Lord desires to be consulted on everything.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
We can’t have it both ways. Either we trust God, or we don’t. If we insist on making the call on the minor stuff, then we are in effect negating God’s willingness to deal with the small items. There is perhaps maybe a bit of us saying we also are small and insignificant compared to God so he can’t be interested in what we do or how we feel.
That is a lie that we have been told by the enemy. We are extremely important to the Lord. If we were not, then why in (literally) heaven’s name would he have plotted our course before we were ever born?
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)
Not only does God plot out our course in anticipation of our birth, he appoints to us the tasks for which he desires us to handle for him. In other words, before we are born, before he’s ever bought that ole pickup truck, he is anticipating us sitting behind the wheel, on his lap, smiling at him and looking up asking, “Am I doing it right Father?”
A father this involved in the life of his children is going to have plans, he wants to be relied upon to make not only the tough decisions, but the mundane day to day decisions as well. He’s never too busy to not vest his understanding in us.
That is precisely why we are not to depend on our own understanding but rely on His!
Jesus makes it clear that we are small and should revel in our smallness.
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.”
Matthew 6:26-29 (NLT)
The birds are smaller than us, but they are fed. The flowers are much weaker than we are, but they are adorned in such beauty that it takes away our breath. If He cares so about these small things, then why would he not care about our welfare?
God wants to do good for his Children. Jesus illustrates this…
“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Luke 11:11-13 (NLT)
Our welfare (God-Fare) is something God wants to provide for us because of his love for us.
Do you really think that he would have sent his only son to die on the cross so we might be redeemed by his grace, and isn’t interested in how we fare? Silliness!
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Did you ever stop to think why God made this claim? Because He’s massively glorious and powerful and we are small, his small lambs, his tiny children. It only makes God-sense.
So as a result, we need not worry, we need not be frustrated by all that surrounds us. We have the opportunity to do exactly this…
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Because we are “Small”, and He is God!
In the Grace of Jesus!
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