The following quote stood out to me during this week's reading: "Your Maker has the absolute disposal of you: will you strive against Him?" It reminds me that the foundational relationship between God and myself is that of Creator and created. Not only did He create this physical life, but He also recreated (or regenerated) me in the Lord Jesus. He has every right to manifest His glory in my life in any way that He sees fit.
That is a very easy statement to make during the good times. When the disposals of providence provide us with sunshine and roses, we find the idea of God's ownership over us easier to swallow. But when the clouds and the briars come, we find out the reality of our hearts. We are, as the old hymn says, prone to wander; and this wandering is not always into the pagan pastures of idolatry. Sometimes it is wandering into discontentment of the pastures with which we have been provided. We grumble and complain that the grass isn't green enough, or the water isn't clear enough.
Yet, at its heart, discontentment really is idolatry. When we complain and murmur, we are actually striving with the One who made us. We are telling the Lord God of Heaven and Earth that He actually does not know what is best for us. We tell Him that we are far more capable of discerning our own good. When we murmur, we are telling God that He must abdicate His throne and surrender it to us. What horrid creatures we are!
But, there is great mercy in Christ. How often it is that God uses the clouds and briars to show us the deceitfulness of our hearts and the emptiness of this world. Let us strive against the flesh, and not against our Maker. Let us rest in the wisdom and goodness of God, who works all things to the good of those that love Him, who are called according to His purpose.
What were some of your thoughts on this week's reading?