God Is Not Looking For Supermen
Hebrews 4:1-2: “Let us fear therefore lest the promise being left of entering into his rest, any of you should be thought to be wanting. For unto us also it hath been declared, in like manner as unto them. But the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with faith of those things they heard.”
I am so often challenged to a life of radical discipleship, to lay down my life for the sake of Christ. But I am also in need of the reminder that “there remains a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9).
We need to continually remind ourselves that we should be letting go and not striving anymore. Let it be, don’t hold onto our lives. Don’t fight for anything. Let the Lord be God. And there is rest. There’s no strife. Don't ever forgot that message.
God is sovereign. No matter what, whether we understand what is happening or not, He is sovereign. We are His children, and He is watching over us. You never need to despair if you know Him, because He will never allow anything into your life that He is not in control of. He has a purpose in everything.
So how should we respond when things are difficult? The only correct response to a sovereign God is an attitude of trust and faith. And with that faith comes joy in knowing He is as He promises to be. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you can choose to remain joyful by trusting in Him.
We must come to the place where we say, “Whatever You decide, Lord, let it be. Your will be done. I will take my hands off.”
In 2 Chronicles 26, we read about Uzziah. He was only 16 years old when he became king of Judah. He didn’t know anything yet. He was totally helpless, and yet the Lord helped him. But later in the same chapter we read, “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction” (2 Chronicles 26:16).
He goes into the temple to burn incense to the Lord—something only priests were allowed to do. The chief priest runs to him and says, “What on earth are you doing? You are not supposed to do this thing!” (2 Chronicles 28:18, paraphrased).
Uzziah doesn’t say, “Oh, I am so sorry. Please forgive me. I made a mistake.” No. Instead, he gets angry. And right there, as the priests are watching, leprosy breaks out on his body. Now, as the priests push him out of the temple, he himself wants to rush out. Just a second ago, he was furious. I can imagine what he might have said to the priests in his anger: “No way! Who are you? I’m going to kill you.” But then, in the same minute, he runs out of the temple.
I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord. But I think the Lord is always looking for us to remain in a place of total dependence and childlike innocence, relying on Him. It’s not about trying to figure out all the answers or being smart or clever. Instead, as earthen vessels, we look to Him and say, “Lord, let it be. I don’t understand all these things, but I can depend on You. I want to be an instrument used by You.”
I encourage you to take a moment right now to offer yourself to Him. God’s not looking for supermen or perfect people. He’s not looking for those who know all the answers. He’s not looking for a bunch of PhD’s who can write down brilliant theological explanations about Scripture. No. He is looking for little children who will turn to Him and listen. Our hope is in God. Let us trust Him completely.