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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gen 18:14 and Matt 6:1 "Beware of Controlling" (January 7)

Matthew 6:1 says “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."  Creeping thoughts lull in our heads all the time about how people are perceiving us.  What do we do with them? When God prompts, hold the thought, and ask yourself: Am I more concerned about what Christ thinks of me than what this person does at this very moment? Sometimes, I size up the situation, just like Sarah did in Genesis 18, and think I have to spin it a certain way to feel better about it or cast the light in another direction off of me.  Beware, Bev!

Genesis 18:14 Is Anything Too Hard for God?  God told Sarah the exact time he would return and give her a child.  She didn't have to wait and wonder if she really heard right.  He was coming back same time, one year later. She could wait for that day.  So what was the problem?  She sized up her infertility as being too big of a problem under her control.  Live to control our circumstances and we will laugh in the face of God and say: Really?  And even deny that we said "really!" when God asks about it.  God is fully committed to each of us to make us more like Him this day than we were yesterday.  Beware of your own righteousness!

1 comment:

  1. Gen. 8:14 I give Him thanks and praise that NOTHING is too hard for the Him. I have witnessed this truth last week.

    Gen. 9:11 "wore themselves out gropping for the door" really struck me as it is what I do when I proceed without the Lord. Vs 22 Zoar mean little, which is exactly what comes when I seek my way rather than God's.

    Matt.6 Our Father sees all is both a comfort and a warning. A comfort because truth will be revealed and a warning because it is His place (not mine) to avenge, repair, restore as I continue in love, truth and forgiveness.