In my bible reading this week I came across this verse: ”Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name” Jer 31:35
Reading it reminded me a bit of the end chapters of Job where God tells so many of his marvelous deeds. He is mighty and powerful. He is the One who gives us the sun and stars for light. He doesn’t ask us for permission or need our direction.
I was listening to a church service a few months ago and when it came time for the offering to be taken, a man stood up and explained to the congregation that they “believe God can’t do anything unless we first proclaim it”. I was so shocked I stopped the video and went back a few seconds, “did he really say that?” Yes, he did. And then he proceeded to proclaim a bunch of stuff that God has not promised. I wondered if it was “backwards day”?
Psalm 96:4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
There are gods of this world, worthless idols. And there is God all powerful and mighty. We so badly want God to fit in our grapefruit sized brains, He doesn’t. We want His actions to always make sense to us, they don’t. Many people treat Him like a genie that must obey their every whim if ‘he is who he says he is”, which is precisely why He doesn’t need to obey our whims. We are not God, He is. So often we fall into the mindset of Adam and Eve, wanting to choose for ourselves what is good, we want to be as powerful as He is. This is pride. This is us setting ourselves up as our own gods.
Has He made promises to His people? Yes, and faith is knowing that He will fulfill every promise He has made, in His own time and way. Magical incantations will not force His hand. Proclaiming we believe His good intentions towards us and exactly what we consider to be good, will not force him to give us anything. He’s much better than that. He is so much greater. He loves us so much more.
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Instead of insisting God must give us more earthly wealth and health, because we are going to be generous, and He has (supposedly) promised to, let’s be faithful with the much He has already given us!
Luke16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Exactly contrary to the speaker I heard on the internet, it is not God who can do nothing without us, it is we who can do nothing without Him!
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.