Saturday, January 19, 2013

You could have died!

Let me give you a scenario:

There's a great post or article that you're reading.  It's by a Christian guy, and he's doing a great job acknowledging God's work in his life.  He's giving God all the glory and praise.  It's an inspiring story.

And then you read some stupid comment at the bottom of the post.  It says, "Geez man, give yourself some credit!  God didn't give you your success -- that was all because of your hard work."

That makes me mad.  Why?  Because it is so obvious that it's by God that we have any success at all.  I mean, think about it -- you could have been born blind.  Or deaf.  Or with a disease or illness that would have impaired you the rest of your life.  Or there could have been a car accident when you were young.  You could have been abandoned by your parents. You could have been rejected from the college you went to, or died from H1N1.  There are a million different things that could have happened to you, and even just one of them could have changed the entire course of your existence.

It's impossible to know exactly what God stops from happening to us.  There is no way of completely comprehending how God has led us to where it we are in life.  Who are we to say we are responsible for any success?  Sure, we may have listened to God's voice and followed His path for us.  But, even if we turned away from Him and tried to go our own way, it would still be of His will if anything good happens to us.  

So that's why those comments make me mad.  The author of the comment wouldn't even be alive if God didn't supply his every breath!  Whenever anyone questions God's sovereignty over the earth and the affairs of men, I think of Job -- especially this chapter:

 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
    its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,
    and their upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all this.
19 “What is the way to the abode of light?
    And where does darkness reside?
20 Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
    You have lived so many years!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
    or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
    for days of war and battle?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
    or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no one lives,
    an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
    and make it sprout with grass?
28 Does the rain have a father?
    Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 when the waters become hard as stone,
    when the surface of the deep is frozen?
31 “Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
    Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
    or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
    Can you set up God’s[e] dominion over the earth?
34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
    or gives the rooster understanding?[g]
37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
    Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38 when the dust becomes hard
    and the clods of earth stick together?
39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
    and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 Who provides food for the raven
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?


  1. I agree, Aylin! Thanks for posting. Those first two verses on that chapter in Job are one of my favourites!

  2. We are vulnerable ( is dit a good English word?) persons and may be happy with the fact the Almighty Creator keeps our times in His hand. He cares for us and He knows how fragile we are. Our life is like a flower of the field. I agree with your blog and say: Its only by is grace we are who we are and what we are.

    Have a nice Sunday!

    1. Thanks, Jedidja! Have a blessed Sunday as well.

      It really is true how vulnerable we are -- and how often we forget it! Sometimes we think that what we have is a product of our own achievements, but it's only through God's grace we have anything.