Russell and Duenes

I Would Not Tell You

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“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all it contains.” (Ps. 50:12)

“God is not served by human hands as though He needed anything because He Himself gives to all life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:25).

“No eye has seen a God like you who works for those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)

We need to be constantly reminded that we add nothing to God. When we “serve” God, we do not render to Him anything that He “needs.” We are not helping Him because He is weak, impotent or unable to accomplish what we imagine we are doing for Him. Rather, it is He who has all the resources. He owns the world. He has power over the universe. All resources – physical and spiritual – are His. He is the Lord of heaven’s armies. All things are at His disposal for His good purposes. He is God and there is no other.

Thus, we serve Him simply by putting ourselves at His disposal. We come to Him, call upon Him, wait upon Him so that He will marshall His resources to work in and through us, to go before us in power and might. As Paul says, it is God who works and wills His good pleasure. God works for us like a doctor works for his patient or like a lawyer works for her client.

This is tremendously liberating. When we know and have confidence that God has all the resources and power in heaven and on earth, and we have none, then we relax and simply call upon God and move out in His strength. We act, looking entirely to Him. We enter into the great freedom of saying with Paul, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” (1 Cor. 15:10)

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

May 4, 2017 at 4:38 am

Posted in Duenes, Psalms

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