Let God be God
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (Jas. 1:17).
How does God view His relationship with us? Scripture is clear it’s one of love, of concern, of blessing. By inspiration James states if it is good, it is of God. Or, put another way, God only provides us with what is good, because that is essential to His nature as God. Both His gifts, and how he bestows His gifts, are blessings to us. We should never mistake the confusion sin brings to life with the positive gifts God offers us each day we live. Satan seeks to destroy everything good in our lives. He makes promises he never intends to fulfill, he lies about the consequences of sin, and is always looking for ways to exploit our weaknesses.
While sin is part of existence, it isn’t to define our existence. Sin seeks to conform us to its image, that which brings death, but we are created in the image of God, that which reflects life. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). God works in our lives to mature us, to recognize the value of the spiritual in life rather than living only for the flesh, to draw close to God that He can influence our motives and lifestyle. “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).
How do we allow God His place in our lives, to provide us with all that is good, and reject the allure of sin, which leads us to what is harmful and deceitful? We must let God be God in our lives. If we are to receive God’s good gifts we must surrender our will to His will. The greatest temptation anyone will ever face is in setting oneself over God in one’s decisions, choices, and lives. This is how sin entered the world to begin with (Gen. 3:6), and how it has been perpetuated ever since. “Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished” (Prov. 16:5).
How do we let God be God? We need to be familiar with the word of God, where we find right from wrong, truth from error, examples of obeying and rejecting His will for our lives, and the ability to identify temptations to sin. We need to be constant in prayer, pouring our hearts’ needs before God, keeping ourselves in touch with the spiritual. We need fellowship together, regularly, to encourage each other and help each other through the challenging times we face in a sinful world. We also need to recognize and practice spiritual principles in our specific situations in life. To do all this, we must recognize that God is our Creator and Sustainer. If He has seen fit to reveal Himself to us, we should see fit to allow Him to be Lord of our lives. It’s more than calling Him Lord, it’s living in Him as Lord. “Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things I say?” (Luke 6:46).
Think of it. God offers us nothing but His best, and everything He has done, is doing, and will do leads to eternal life. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than that. If we pay lip service to God, but live for our own desires, we reject life in Christ and lose everything. Let God be God. “For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17).
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”