April 12, 2012

Get Over Yourself

And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.  For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. 1 Samuel 12:20-22

His purposes and plans are far greater and stronger than any human agenda or evil. Obsession with anything besides the living God, even my own shortcomings, is empty--an idol that can not profit or deliver. Sin has been dealt with, indeed it is finished. He will never forsake me, whom He has chosen. But the Lord did not choose me because of me. He chose me in spite of me. He loves me not primarily for my own sake, but for the sake of His great name. What Samuel was so graciously saying to these ignorant people and now to an equally ignorant me is this:




Jamie said...


AJ @ trulylifeinwords - said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one obsessed with "even my own shortcomings". Love it. It's for Him, all for Him!

Mom on a mission said...

Love it!

Absolutely, Positively Josie said...

Been thinking about Hebrews 11:6 lately: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." It's just a reminder of how . . . essential faith is.

I like your point about how obsessions over our shortcomings are still idols! I think we could just about define "obsession" as *anything* that takes away from reverence for the living God.

Prayers for you, Keelie!