Romans 11:25-36; 1 Samuel 21-22; Psalm 66
I am amazed at my own spiritual arrogance sometimes. I will act as if God has been waiting around for my advice on how to handle issues. It’s as if I expect to hear God after one of my gripe sessions, which, of course, always lets God know how He should have done things, say, “Great idea, Bob! I never thought of that!” Anyone else have that kind of problem? As Paul wraps up the first part of Romans, he closes it with a great section of praise; great but convicting. “’Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?’” (Romans 11:34-35) These words do convict me because I do seem to think that God is waiting for my advice; sometimes I even seem to think that God owes me something for all the good things I do for Him. Sometimes I become so familiar with God that I forget about His majesty and glory; I take Him for granted. I forget that, in the words of C.S. Lewis, God “isn’t a tame lion.” He is THE Almighty – there is none like Him. He has shown His power over nature, over life, and over death. He is the Creator of this universe. In the midst of all this, it is humbling to realize that He loves me and forgives me because that is part of His nature. While I go to God seeking to give Him advice and get paid back for my good works, in truth I should come to Him as a penitent sinner seeking His grace.
Lord God, You are the Creator of this Universe. You hold the power of life and death in Your hands. To You belongs all majesty and glory. I come to You today as a sinner who needs Your grace and forgiveness. Give me the strength I need to live for You each and every day.