Devotional: Will you let God choose for you? (2)
We’ve begun to see how important it is to let God choose for us. Let’s take another look at this very important aspect of our lives with God.
God said to His people, Israel:
For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom He loves. (Psalm 47:2–4 NASB)
God did not tell Israel to go out and look for the best piece of land and grab it. He said He would give them a place that He had chosen. In connection with that land, He uses the word glory. The Bible says elsewhere that Israel’s land is the glory of all lands, the beautiful land, the desirable land. God chose much better for them than they would ever have chosen for themselves. When it was a question of their getting their inheritance, He fought for them, and He subdued nations under their feet.
If we go out and grab, we do not have God fighting for us. And if we go out and grab, we will probably get in a war that we are going to lose. There is no need to grab, for God will do everything that is needed to bring us into our inheritance.
Another vital point from the Bible is that our inheritance is the only place where we can know true rest. Moses said to Israel, when they were still east of the Jordan, “For as yet you have not come to the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 12:9 NKJV).
Notice that God was giving them their inheritance, and when they came into their inheritance, then they would come into their rest. Why are there so many restless Christians in the world? Because they have never come into their inheritance. Why have they never come into their inheritance? Because they have never allowed God to give it to them. Why have they never allowed God to give it to them? Because they have thought they had to grab it for themselves.
I have a few more important points to make concerning what God gives us. First, there is a tremendous statement made by Jesus in John 10:29: “What my Father has given me is greater than all” (NRSV). This is the marginal version in more than one of the modern translations. I have looked at the original Greek text and believe this is the best authenticated original text.
“What my Father has given me is greater than all.” That is a breathtaking statement! Ultimately, the most important and irresistible thing in the universe, the one thing that is absolutely sure, settled, and cannot be challenged or overthrown, is the thing that the Father has given. That is greater than all. It is something that no power of hell or demons or evil rulers can ever undo, overthrow, or unsettle.
It was characteristic of Jesus that He never wanted anything except what the Father had given. There was no force that could ever take from Jesus what the Father had given. What is true of Him is true, in like measure, of you and me. What the Father has given to you and me is greater than all. Do not get nervous or uptight about the opposition. The very fact that you get uptight is evidence that you are really not moving into what the Father has given you. If you know the Father has given it to you, you can smile at the opposition. It is absolutely guaranteed. The supreme factor in the course of the universe is what God the Father has given.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that what you want to give me exceeds everything I can imagine. Please lead me into my inheritance so that I can rest. Father, I only want what you give me, and nothing and nobody can take that away from me. With my Lord Jesus, I can say that what my Father has given me goes beyond everything... Amen!
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