A Worthy God

“Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

Nehemiah 9:5-6

It would do us well to ponder our life and think about the path that God has led us on, even when we have messed up and strayed. We can all look back and see His hand in our life and see some of the blueprint of our life. In the moment, the trials of life blur our vision of His hand, but if you look back on them, it is impossible to not see His hand. You can see the things He has allowed in your life and even the things He saved you from that you did not even realize it until much later. Eternity will only tell of the things God has kept us from or the moments where there was His divine intervention. God has had a plan for each of our lives since the beginning of time, and we are foolish to think that anything comes by happenstance. It is crazy to think that the Creator of the world, the master Designer, did not have a master plan for your life.

I look back on my life as a kid and the many things I felt I missed out on because I thought my parents were too strict. I look back on the Christian school education that I resented at times because I wanted to go to a public school with my cousins. I look at all the church services, family camps, and leadership conferences I was forced to go to. In my younger years, I did not mind these things, but as I got older, I resented these times and I could not wait to move away from our home church. I resented my youth leaders, certain people in the church, and I allowed my heart to grow bitter toward these people and my church. I did not realize that the problem was me all along, and I was the one who was to blame. I disliked the academia aspect of school, and I only looked forward to seeing my friends and playing sports. I never thought of the financial sacrifices my parents made for me, and I never thought of their obedience toward God in trying to raise me up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

I failed to realize that God was giving me so much at such a young age, and He was guiding my path since the day I was born. I was so resistant to Him as I became older as saw the allure of the world, and fell head over heels in love with many lesser idols. I look back on all the godly training I was given, the family devotions, and the memorization of scripture through the Awana program, and I can see His hand preparing me for the work He had for me to do if I would surrender my will to His. The Creator of the universe was interested in my life, and He was there all along even though I foolishly complained at times that He was not interested in me. I was the one not interested, and I was the one who was not grateful for all that He had favored me in. God would later use someone who struggled to live for Him to lead a ministry that aims to help those who struggle with addiction and sin issues.

I look back on my life and see God’s hand in my life from the beginning, starting with the very family He allowed me to be born in. I see that I was not deserving of His favor, but yet He preserved me and kept me. He allowed me to be taught in His ways, and He allowed me chance after chance. He chastens me when I stray, and He convicts me when I allow sin in my life. I think of how good our God is, and He is worthy of all praise for all eternity. The One who made heaven in earth is the One who made you and me. He had a plan for your life from the start of time. You were not a mistake or a coincidence, but you were planned and He loves you. “The Lord is not slack (slow) concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

What decision will you make today? Will you surrender your plan to His? Will you praise Him and thank Him for all that He has done in your life? Will you take time to reflect on all that He has done for you and continues to do so? Worthy is the Lamb and may we use all that He allows in our life for His honor and glory. No matter your current life situation, it is impossible to not recognize that God is good all the time.

God is good to me, God is good to me,
He holds my hand He helps me stand. 
God is good to me.

God is good to me, God is good to me,
Although l’m small He hears my call.
God is good to me. 

God is good to me, God is good to me.
He holds me tight He helps me fight.
God is good to me.

Stay in the Fight!

1 Comments

  1. Theresa on 06/24/2023 at 1:12 pm

    Amen to humility! It takes humility to surrender to God. To admit that He is right and we are wrong, and that in spite of our stubborn, sinful ways, He still welcomes us when we wake up!
    Thanks Saso, for sharing a part of YOUR life.

    Nehemiah and King Jehoshaphat are examples of how God blesses us, if we STAY IN THE FIGHT.

    2 Chronicles 20:17-19
    Nehemiah 9:27.

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