Isaiah 22:11…….But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.
We attribute so many things to ourselves that we are completely undeserving of having. We attribute value, purpose, dignity, etc. to our lives and walk around with the completely erroneous notion that we are the ones responsible for adding or taking away from these attributes. And yet, scripture teaches that all things (including humans) are created for God’s pleasure. It’s a difficult concept for us to grasp since we are born into a self-centered body and mind that sets itself up, knowingly or unknowingly, as a god. But it’s a truth that would actually give us much deeper faith, trust, hope, and resolve if we were to embrace it.
Life is definitely valuable, but it is valuable because God made it. We have purpose, but it’s a purpose that was planned long ago by our maker. We get to exalted levels in career and life status and we think it has been the work of my hands and the sweat of my brow that’s done it. And yet I tell you, that if it had not been that God had planned it long ago, all your labor would not have mattered. We can say, well how is that fair? How can God allow one man to succeed as a pilot and one man can only succeed as a janitor? Well, scripture answers this by saying, can the ax boast above the one who swings it? And in another place, can the pot say to the one who made it, why have you shaped me like this? The illustration is as if when a child is playing with legos, do the legos get to determine which will be the villain and the hero? But the legos don’t quite fulfill as an example for us, since the legos are an inanimate object. We are evil. We all deserve to be the villains. Yet, we have so much respect for ourselves and for others. I know many people who I don’t think I will ever measure up to. But those people are also just clay in the potter’s hands. We are all made for the purpose and pleasure of Jesus Christ. By Him we were created and through Him we are sustained. Are you living for the pleasure of Jesus? Or are you saving up for the world’s goods? Have you ever thought of taking more work on so you could give to those who have a need? Ephesians 4:28 says this should be our attitude. Will all your self given value amount for anything when you stand before your maker? Or will it be like on the road to Damascus when Jesus told Paul that it was hard for him to kick against the pricks?
Let’s push each other to go farther for our God.