Friday, March 18, 2011
The lead to the devotional read “Don’t be a do-it-yourself Christian.” I had never thought of it like that, but we all try to be at some time or another. With as much success as the DIY cat working on a computer.
Perhaps we think God is too busy to pay attention to us, so we’ll do it ourselves. Or we think our problem is to small and He wouldn’t be interested because of that. Or, foolish thought, we didn’t want it to come to His attention. If we take care of it, the whole thing will go away.
None of those are valid, and we really know it, don’t we.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:30 KJV)
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalms 139:13-14 KJV)
He has plans for us. Sometimes we don’t follow through, though. Paul didn’t. He witnessed Christ’s ministry. Instead of following, he happily participated in persecuting those who did. Jesus understood and confronted him:
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 9:5 KJV)
Paul had been well schooled, in Acts 22:3 Paul tells us that Gamaliel was his teacher. The same Gamaliel who advised caution when dealing with Christ’s followers:
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. (Acts 5:38-39 KJV)
Paul ignored that counsel and sought to do it himself, and found himself standing fighting against God. I personally thank God that I have not found myself standing before Jesus and having to answer for my actions.
Oh, I will one day, down to every idle word (Matthew 12:36) I’ve misspoken. I can’t fix that myself anymore than any other person. So, it’s down on my knees in prayer, giving thanks that He has already taken care of that!!