“Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?” James 2:21-24 The Message
We’re prone in wanting to control pretty much anything and everything. We find it nearly impossible to calmly back up, pause, and think before hastily rushing into some half-thought action.
An old saying of “Fire, Aim, Ready” sums up what most people do without so much as a thought. If we truly approached matters with wisdom we would understand that some things will always be completely out of our control. God provides the knowledge and skill but that doesn’t mean that all things can be achieved through our limited understanding. Some things can only be achieved through the mighty hand of God. Our part in these instances is having the humility and insight of when God wants to use us to accomplish His purposes, and when we are to take a backseat to watch Him work.
As I’ve stated in previous posts, all things have a balance and it’s our gift to be so intimately tied to Him that we know His will, direction, and timing. He doesn’t desire we sit complacently by waiting for Him to work miracles in our lives, but He doesn’t want us to go rushing out ten feet ahead into something that is far out of our league to handle.
God call Abraham His “friend”, due to the fact that Abraham spent so much time with God that he was intimately tied to Him and KNEW Him.
To me it’s the same as the relationships we have today. For example, people usually have three types of relationships. One being a spouse, second being a friend and the third being an acquiescence. Most people would call a “true” friend someone they have either spent a good amount of time with and know the person very well and vice versa, while an “acquiescence” is someone you may know but have not spent much time “getting to know” and so have very little closeness with them. If you had something that was deeply troubling you most people would pick up the phone and dial a friend for support before they would call someone who had very little connection to.
It’s vitally important to grasp this in terms of our relationship with God. By self-deceiving ourselves into thinking only stopping by His house once a week, if even that, for a quick visit is our understanding of getting to know God then we are deluding ourselves.
Now my intent is not to condemn anyone, as the Lord knows I have my own issues and definitely preach this same truth to myself! The goal is that we ALL feel convicted into realizing that we can never have a deep and intimate relationship with God if we barely know or spend time with Him. He greatly desires to guide us through every part of our lives. Most people who have a vehicle prefer, if they can afford it, to go to the dealer. And why is that? Well quite honestly who better to work on your car than the experts who BUILT the car and understands how it should function! The same principle applies towards every situation in our lives. He has even provided us with an “owner’s manual”!
And by reading His Word and knowing our Maker and Father we will better understand when some things can be accomplished on our own, with and by the guidance of His Spirit, or when some jobs are better left to the Dealer to handle. 🙂
I pray each and every one of us be open to yearn for that deep and personal relationship our Father so desires to have with us.
Be Blessed ~