GOD’S OWNERSHIP OF ALL II
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
40:16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
If only men would think deeply, then they will be better able to put things in their proper perspective. It is baffling the way we mere mortals behave at times due to lack of depth of thought; this includes even the children of God. Sometimes, we behave as though we were the one who created ourselves or as if the abilities we possess and exhibit are self-given. We sometimes boast of things to the extent that but for the mercy of God, if He were to prove us wrong, a devastating and regrettable experience would ensue. Some people boasts of the prowess of some parts of their body and even lay claim to ownership of the same. God created you with the features of your body and they are meant to be used correctly to His glory. Psalm 12:3-4 says,
“The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?”
What if God had made you dumb or deaf? God is the owner of everyone and everything. It is foolish of anyone to think and act as if he owns himself and therefore can dictate to himself what he will do and what the outcome of such actions will be.
God Himself tried to consider the value of man relative to His own worth in Isaiah 40:15-17. He started by saying even the nations are like a drop of water in a bucket, and then he said they were like small dust on a balance scale. All these yardsticks seemed too much for man’s value, hence in verse 17, He said all nations before Him are as nothing, and in fact they are counted to Him less than nothing. Does this not make you to shiver? What then is your pride? It is a great honour and privilege for God to be so mindful of man to the extent of Him sacrificing His utmost for man’s salvation. If you are wise, you will just continue to cherish and treasure this privilege as a child of God and keep enjoying His goodness by giving Him the prime place in your decisions, choices, thoughts, actions and attitude. You will always be grateful to Him for everything, even in what may seem like a little and insignificant providence you enjoy. Many of God’s children take things for granted too much. In every aspect of our lives, we must acknowledge and give thanks to Him always. Every moment of our continued existence is only by His mercy. Every accomplishment is by His grace.
Praise God for His awesomeness in your life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Kings 10:18-12:21