Divine Bread/Living Water: Mercy is MessyJune 6, 2017
Divine Bread/Living Water: HOPEAugust 7, 2017
Isaiah 42:8 NLT:
"I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise..."
here can be only one Savior. We dare not trust in anything or anyone but Jesus for our physical or eternal lives. All else and all others will fail us. It is easy for us to look to our parents, spouse, siblings, children, employers, or government for our needs. While all of these can be instruments of provision, these come from only one source; Jesus, the creative power of the Word of God. We enter dangerous territory when we look apart from Him for our needs or when we try to fill His place in someone else's life.
In Acts 4, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit declared, "Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
We all want friends and family on who we can depend. However, when we see these people as our deliverance, when we look to them for solutions before we look to God, we become idol worshipers. We set ourselves up for great disappointment when we ascribe God's capabilities to humans regardless of how great their integrity and character may seem. Jesus demands elevation above all others as THE SOURCE. All grace, mercy, love, provision, and protection emanate from Him. He might choose to pass these things to us through others, but He is always THE SOURCE. We must treat Him as divine and forsake all notions that others share in His divinity.
Furthermore, we all want to be useful to those we care for and to be instruments of grace and mercy. But, when we represent ourselves as the ultimate solution to other' needs, facilitating their escape from every pain and care in the world, we elevate ourselves to a position of savior. Jesus alone reserves this place. We dare not assume or presume His place. We are the vessels; He is the wine. We are the plate; He is the bread of life.
The Savior's viewpoint is eternal and omniscient. Jesus has all the information to make decisions that will facilitate perseverance, hope, faith, and eternal life. Our viewpoint is temporal and incomplete, and we may choose to ease tribulation when tribulation is the required instrument of deliverance and growth. My father says, "Don't feed people steak when God wants them on a bologna diet." Any attempts to ease trial and pain ordained by God's purposes stunt the growth of increased faith and dependence on God, whether it happens in our lives or the lives of others. Indeed, a life lived without need will result in eternal loss. We best meet the God of Salvation in the barren plains of desperate need.
Prayer for the Day
Lord Jesus, You alone are God of all. Your ways are true and everlasting. Your purposes are pure and eternal. You are THE SOURCE of all I need. Help me to look to You alone for salvation - both physically and spiritually. Keep me from trusting in idols - even when they have kind and generous motives. Make me an instrument in Your hands: a glass full of Your Spirit; a plate for Your bread of life; a temple for Your dwelling; constantly pointing to You as the Savior. Not to us, Oh LORD, but to Your name be glory, and honor, and praise. Amen