DayBreaks for 11/09/06: God Is Well Today
Do you have days when you just don’t feel quite right? Maybe you woke up this morning and looked at the election results and felt sick to your stomach. Sometimes, you may not feel good because you didn’t sleep well during the night, or you’ve got a low-grade fever and are slightly discombobulated, maybe a bit on the dizzy side. If I don’t eat on a fairly regular schedule, I can get feeling weak rather quickly. And while I know (intellectually at least) that I am not God and that God is not one of us, there have been times when I was at least tempted to think that perhaps God just wasn’t quite with it, either. After all, if I’m made in His image, and I can have bad days, why can’t He?
Well, there’s a good reason why He can’t have a bad day. It’s just simply not possible for God to have a bad day. Let me quote again from Louie Giglio’s book, I Am Not But I Know I Am: “God is doing well today, thank you. He has no dilemmas. No quandaries. No counselors. No shortages. No rivals. No fears. No cracks. No worries. He is self-existent, self-contained, self-perpetuated, self-powered, and self-aware. In other words, He’s God and He knows it.
“After an eternity of being God, he shows no signs of wear and tear. He has no needs. His accounts are in the black. He’s the owner, not to mention Creator, of all the world’s wealth and treasure…He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and all the hills the cows are standing on…God does whatever He wants. His purposes are a sure thing. There’s no stopping Him. No containing Him. No refuting Him. No cutting Him off at the pass. No short-circuiting His agenda.”
When I get up in the morning, I always plan to have a good day. But 64 years of experience tells me that somewhere on the trajectory of my day’s activities, I will have dilemmas. I will have fears about whether or not I’m doing the right thing, or making the right decisions. I will worry about it each time I have to spend money – especially for unexpected, unbudgeted things.
And after a hard week that may have been filled with special challenges, I do show signs of wear and tear. Let there be no doubt of that. I have needs. I own nothing, although I delude myself into thinking that certain things belong to me. There will be things that can throw my best plans right down the tubes. But none of that ever, EVER happens to God. He’s so far above those things that are all related to human weaknesses.
But here’s the good news: He understands human weaknesses for two very important reasons:
FIRST: He created us. Just like the engineer who designed a portion of a nuclear submarine knows what that component’s purpose is and what it’s made of with all it’s limitations, God knows ME. He knows humanity. So He knows and understands our human weaknesses.
SECOND: He lived on this tiny ball in the middle of space as one of us so He’d understand perfectly – so that we’d KNOW He understands. He just asks us to trust that He has none of our limitations and so won’t be derailed in the slightest, and to trust that in all things, He works to our advantage!
If you looked at the election results and thought God goofed up, know this – He didn’t. He knows perfectly well what He’s doing, and even moreso, why He’s doing it. He’s not obligated to share that information with us. We are obligated to trust that His eye is still on the ball and He hits grand slams with every swing. He never strikes out. The election turned out the way He planned it to. He rules over the affairs of men and always will. History is in His hand, not in the hand of an earthly ruler.
So, take comfort. God is doing just great today, thank you very much! He never has an “off” day!
Psalm 66:7 (NLT) – For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance.
PRAYER: Lord, no matter how we are feeling today, help us to remember that You are alive and well, flourishing and as strong as You were on the very first day of eternity. Thank you that You’ve given us such wonderful proofs of Your understanding of us. May we be comforted this day in knowing YOU are well and doing everything perfectly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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