Some things in life are pretty obvious.
I once told my husband, “I’d be a lot taller if my legs were longer.” He stared at me with that “Well, duh” look. And it took me a minute to understand his response.
Sort of like when I asked him, “Does a watch still run if you’re not wearing it?” (I’m afraid I have a track record of duh-type statements.)
I remember that old Steve Martin humor: “A day without sunshine is like, you know … night.” Uh-huh.
Or Ronald Reagan’s quip: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.“
Again, stating the obvious.
But that still doesn’t mean we get the implications of the obvious. And in some cases, a fresh understanding of the obvious can lead to a change of perspective.
I recently heard a pastor say, “Satan’s driving motive is to be worshiped.”
My first thought about that was, “How can Satan be so foolish? Doesn’t he get it that he is just a creature, not the Creator?” My next thought was – and I’m not sure whether the words came from my brain or the Spirit of God – “How like you.”
Huh? I’m foolish … like Satan? How so? Because …
God is God and I’m not. But sometimes I don’t act like I get that. Worse, I don’t want to.
Sometimes I argue with God about what He’s doing. I think I have a better plan. Or I get mad over what He allows … or what He won’t address or solve.
Romans 9:20 reminds us that we have no right to talk back to God. (We see that same concept in Isaiah 29:16; 64:8). It’s not for us to question our Creator’s decisions – why He made us the way He did or what He does in our lives.
Oh, we can ask tough “why” questions. The Patriarch Job did (Job 3:11-12, 16). But that’s not the same as “questioning” God as to His control in our lives.
God had some questions of His own. He reminded Job that He alone is God (38:4-13; 39:1-2), and the old saint acknowledged God’s sovereignty. The Lord has the right to do as He pleases with His own creation. He doesn’t have to give account to us (Job 33:13). And we certainly aren’t to instruct God in what He should do (Job 40:2, 5, 8)!
Christians know that God’s love and goodness are threads that weave throughout His children’s circumstances, and His ultimate goal is for their good as well as His own glory.
But there’s something else at work in this “God is God and I’m not” idea.
I may not say I want to be worshiped (which was Satan’s attitude, see Isaiah 14:12-14), but I sometimes live like I’m “all that” and deserve others’ attention. Sometimes my pride and a desire to be recognized and served swell up and control me.
In that, I’m much like the enemy. In that, idol-worship is still very much alive. I bow and worship at the idol of self, and I want others to bow as well. It’s all about me-Me-ME!
The truth is, we were not created to bring glory to ourselves, but to the One who created us for His purposes (Colossians 3:17). We live to obey His will (James 4:14-15). I’m stating the obvious, right?
Lord, help me live what I know is true.
Is this a struggle for you too? How do you remember that God is God and you are not?