A couple of days ago a friend posted a phrase that someone very wise tells her often: “Get out of God’s way and let Him be God.” Reading that statement touched me deeply.
I believe that each person who reads this phrase may be moved by it in a different way. To each it may mean something different. To me, a control-freak and a worry-wart, it means, relax…chill…relinquish the idea that you have control over your circumstances…be flexible with your own plan and adhere to His plan, because your own plan is based on the temporary, and His plan is based on the eternal…your plan is based on the material, His plan is based on the Spiritual.
Stop being so attached to the things/people He has given to you in this world and become totally attached to Him…quit being so focused on the gifts and fix your eyes on the Giver.
I don’t believe, however, that we are to live our lives like a leaf in the wind without goals, plans or dreams. Absolutely not! We are called to be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us. Be it our family, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters in Christ, our furry friends, our jobs, our surroundings, our home, our church, etc., etc., etc., we are to take good care of them. And in order to do that, we ought to use our brains and be good administrators, have goals, make plans. It is a direct admonition to take care of our own, and there are severe consequences if we do not:
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
(1 Timothy 5: 8)
(1 Timothy 5: 8)
There are many other Bible references that speak to these effects, go check this selection out and see what the Lord speaks to you on this regard:
Titus 1: 7-9
Colossians 3: 23
1 Corinthians 4: 2
Matthew 25: 20-21
Titus 2: 7
Acts 20: 35
1 Corinthians 4: 1
Luke 12: 42-46
Proverbs 11: 24
My point is, that we are certainly called to do our part in this world. We are not just to sit around and be bums, or even worse, to stand like robots with no conscience, just waiting for the master manipulator to activate us. That is not at all what I believe our relationship with Our Maker is about. Out of all the creation, WE are the bearers of the Image of God! We are the vessels of the Light of the World! We were endowed with magnificent brains and with the ability to think, process, analyze and discern. We are eternal beings who dwell on this earth for a while with the essence of God in our soul and the Breath of Life in our heart. Of course we are more than glorified bums or animatronics. We are the children of the Most High. We are the heirs and heiresses of the King! But yet…He is the Lord. And as such, we are to submit to Him.
Everything that we are and everything that we have He has given to us. It is all His. Therefore, when we plan, when we set goals and when we dream about the things and actions we need or want to do in order to fulfill His calling to provide and care for those around us, we must submit those to Him as well. We must take into account His sovereignty and see our designs as fluid, flexible and malleable to His designs. That’s what it means to me to have Him as my Lord…leading my life in a way that acknowledges Christ as the Ultimate Authority…a life that constantly honors that He is in control. I am NOT God, He is. Therefore, I recognize, in my deeply flawed nature, that I must get out of His way and let Him be God…get out of His way and listen to Him say to me:
Be still and know that I AM God! Psalm 46: 10