Let God be God
It has been a great month dealing with the topic of Living with Peace. Today, in Living with Peace, I want to talk about the choice to LET GOD BE GOD! We have to Let God be God: 1. during challenges in our lives and 2. as we await promises to be fulfilled in our lives.
1. During Challenges Let God Be God:
When you allow God to be God in your life, you recognize that he is the one who is really in total control. Even when life brings your challenges, you can have peace because God is going to take care of you. Peace is only realized when you allow God to be your protector, your refuge, your answer, your hope, and whatever else you need. When we begin to try to fix things in our own power, the strain of trying to do something that God is meant to handle overtakes us.
In Worry-Free Living, Joyce Meyer states, "Many times we let God work in certain areas in our lives, but we struggle to relinquish control of other parts" (Meyer, p. 46).
Instead, we must trust God to be God! Remember He is all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere at the same time. Therefore, there is nothing that happens in your life the He does now know, that He cannot handle, or that He is not present with you in.
In Daniel 3, the three Hebrew men were thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar's golden image (an idol god). When Nebuchadnezzar approached Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they replied, "If that is the case our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O King. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up" (Vs. 17-18).
These men had a great confidence in God. Their faith is an impeccable example for us today. They were willing to trust God regardless of the cost! Do you know that sometimes your faith in God will be challenged? What will you do? Will you let God be God? Will you trust him no matter what comes? Will you obey him no matter the risks?
Later in the story, the three Hebrew men's stance caused them to be thrown into the fire. However, something miraculous happened! Instead of being consumed by the fire, when the King looked inside of the furnace, he saw four men "walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God" (Vs. 25).
When you put your faith in God, you will be a recipient of his power manifested in your life. The three Hebrew experienced God in a way that no one else ever has that day. They found that God will be a protector, preserver, and a deliverer when life's circumstances should cause ultimate destruction. They were not supposed to make it out alive, but they did! They became a testament of the greatness of who God is! LET GOD BE GOD! Let Go, and Let God!
2. When Awaiting Promises: Let God be God
This concept, Let God be God, applies not only to when we are faced with challenges, but it also applies to when there are dreams, goals, and desires not yet fulfilled in our lives.
In Worry-Free Living, Joyce Meyer states, "We need to be patient and rest in Him as He accomplishes what needs to be done instead of getting involved in things when they are not happening as quickly as we would like or the way we would like" (Meyer, p. 46).
Isaiah 30:18, Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
God desires to do great things in your life. You have to trust him through every process. Time waiting on God matures us, develops character in us, and teaches us lessons. He has not forgotten about you! What he has spoken over your life shall be! You position yourself for the promises of God to be completed in you!
To Summarize, no matter the challenges, and no matter how long you have been waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled in your life, LET GOD BE GOD!!!