Weighing The Balances

faithanddoubt“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 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? 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.” – Isaiah 40:12-15

Scripture tells us that God is just in all His ways (Psalms 99:4), His will and timing are perfect (Psalms 18:30), and there is no way for us to comprehend His level of understanding (Isaiah 40:28). Most of us know this but do we truly believe it? Do we, in our hearts compare ourselves to God, or worse, compare God to ourselves? Do we limit what we believe He can do or is doing by what we see happening through our limited perspective. If we are honest with ourselves then we have to admit that at times we all do this, even though we have seen Him exceed our expectations time and time again.

God is ever trying to bring His creation back into the state of perfection that He created it to be in. Yet we are constantly putting our fallen hands in things and messing it up. Then when we don’t see the situation come to it’s highest potential we blame God for not coming through and pull back a little more trust from Him, holding it for ourselves. However. in those moments when we find ourselves at the end of our ability to do anything at all and we finally put the entirety of the situation in God’s capable hands and remove ours from it, (acting only in obedience to God rather then reacting to the situation) God is finally able to bring it back to perfection (which is the fulfillment of His will), and we see impossible things become reality.

I have seen many miracles in my walk with God, but the biggest miracle is not the miracle itself, as much as the fact that the person receiving it was able to let go and trust God long enough for Him to bring the miracle about without them intervening and thus trading God’s perfect work for the corrupted work of their own hands. We’ve all done it, more often then not, but when we learn what we are really doing and make an effort to stop, we often finally see the breakthrough that we’ve been blaming God for not getting when really it was our meddling that was the true hindrance all along.

This is one of the strongest temptations that you will ever face and have to overcome as a Christian, the temptation to “help God”. God does not need our help, but He does want our obedience. The bible doesn’t mention “helpers of God” except for one time in Job and it was not in a good light, yet it does mention “servants of God” countless times, including in Paul’s addressing of himself, a man of many miracles and trusted by God to be His instrument for the writing of most of the New Testament as well as the establishing of the New Testament church of which we all strive to emulate to this day.

“If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.” – Job 9:13

“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;” – Titus 1:1

Understand that coming to the realization that only God can do a perfect work and that if we want to see miracles in our life and situation we have to let God do it His way, is no excuse for spiritual laziness. It is actually much harder to seek and trust God then to act and trust ourselves. Waiting when God says wait, praying when God says pray, going where God says to go, and doing only what God says to do is a constant fight against the flesh and it’s hard work. He will tell you to wait when you want to act, and to act when you want to wait. He does this to keep you following and not leading. Yet when we get it right and follow His leading, miracles happen. I’ve seen it so many times and it’s a beautiful thing, building our faith in His power and our understanding of His perfection. It’s a very humbling thing.

So now that we recognize the problem holding many believers back today, how do we fight this temptation when it arises? Realize that our constant falling to this temptation comes from a lack of belief (faith). If we really believed that God would do what He says He will do then we wouldn’t be so tempted to try to bring it about ourselves. If we believe that He is big enough, strong enough, smart enough, powerful enough, and capable enough to handle our situation better then we ever could, then we would stop trying to led and actually become eager to follow. If we really believe that He is just and that He cares for us, then we will trust Him to bring us the best possible outcome. Therefore, to overcome the temptation to believe that God needs our help more then our obedience, we need only to stir up belief (faith). We need to remind ourselves of Who and What He really is, His Strength, His Power, His Might, His Omnipotence, His Omnipresence, and most of all, His Justice.

When we take a moment to weight the balances of who God really is, against who we are, His limitless power and ability against our limits and failures, it becomes easy to rebuke pride, fear, and unbelief and put our trust in the one who is not only bigger then us, but who is bigger then all.

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 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? 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.” – Isaiah 40:12-15

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” – Isaiah 40:28

“Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” – Job 31:4-6

“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” – Psalms 18:30

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