Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Let God Be God

In the last two weeks I've heard this phrase twice, and from two different sources. I think maybe I misunderstood it the first time I heard it (at least to some degree), but the second time, it hit home somewhat.

I'm not God, so therefore I shouldn't try to be God. I don't have to have all the answers and I don't have to be (nor should I be) in control of everything. I find that it's when I try to do those things that I get myself into trouble. I either start getting really frustrated with myself, or with others. I also tend to become easily angered or upset, which is never a good thing. I worry and I struggle, and then I begin wishing and hoping that things were different. I become impatient, and the next thing I know, nothing's right in my life and I'm holding a grudge against God and everyone else I know.

I feel like I've done a pretty poor job of letting God be God in my life. After all, God's the one in control--not me. Thanks to Joyce Meyer I was reminded of this. She also helped me remember that "patience is a virtue". I'm such an impatient person so much of the time. I keep wanting to speed things up, without having to wait, and in doing so, all I ever do is make things worse for myself. That's where I should let God be God and rely on his timing for everything in my life. I should also rely on him to provide the things I truly need, and to have faith in him as my ultimate provider.

All this reminds me of the Exodus--when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. They spent forty years wandering about in the desert, when the trip into the promised land shouldn't have even taken a full month. It was due to their wanting to do things their way, rather than God's way, which kept them in the desert that long. But then, it was also God's timing that was involved with all that. God wanted the Jews to be prepared for the promised land. There was reason to their wait. They had to be patient, and they had to rely upon God. They had to let God be God.

That's what I should do from now on--let God be God. Because the good Lord knows, I'm no good doing His job.


The Beast said...

Amen! In the last week I also heard a phrase: 'LET GO and LET GOD'. This is powerful truth man! Keep up the post!

Jay said...

Good post. Letting God be God is hard to do. Just ask anyone. We like to take matters into our own hands, or sometimes, we think we know what God wants us to do and jump head first into it without thinking. It's important to sit still and listen sometimes, especially before doing anything foolish. Hope you are well.

Brandon said...

Thanks for the comments Beast and Jay.

I think you summed things up pretty well, Jay. I agree.

Oh, and I am doing good. Thanks for asking. I hope you are too.