Friday, December 13, 2013
God's Biggest Problem
Frankly, we believe that our sovereign will cancels His. Ours is bigger! Stubborn and stupid creatures that we are, we’ll never get past our ability to screw things up, and, wringing His hands in heaven, God is the loser for it. Follow that thinking, and we make Him out to be the biggest loser. Poor, sub-sovereign God.
Well, today I’m not buying it. Our will, your will, my will is never beyond the influence of His, and I think He’s got the ultimate edge.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with (and here comes our big contribution, for which God is depending upon us) fear and trembling (We’ve got plenty of that, right?), 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Italics mine.)
Evidently, will bows down to purpose, and to the One whose purpose is perfect. He will not fail to bring about His purpose! Consider that you are His—on purpose. Your great contribution of fear and trembling not withstanding, you’ll enjoy great moments, maybe even whole days of secure rest as He “works in you” to want and to behave in order that His purpose will come to pass.
You’re not God’s biggest problem, and He’s not the biggest loser. It’s win-win for you both.
(This is a transcript from yesterday’s video, “God’s Biggest Problem,” and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video, click http://youtu.be/Vw7z1w4zP1w, or scroll down this page.)