Let the Maker Make!

by Lester Young

Have you ever considered that God doesn’t want you doing anything – anything! – without Him? How can I say that? Because Jesus asserted that He said only what the Father told Him to say (John 12:49-50), and He did only what He saw His Father do (John 5:19). So, if even the Lord Jesus didn’t make a move without the Father’s consent…well, you can probably finish that statement yourself.

Truthfully speaking, that should be some of the best news you’ve heard in years! It takes the pressure and responsibility for success off of you and me and places it squarely on God’s broad shoulders, where He always meant for it to be. That’s why He’s told us to cast all of our cares (not some, but every single one of them) over upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) – in our place, on our behalf. So, if He’s carrying them, why should we bother doing it?

Listen, we were never designed or meant to be self-directed. Every person who’s ever been put on this earth has had a God-inspired job to do and a God-appointed place to do it (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 12:18). Unfortunately, many folks never grasped that truth, and many folks have gone (and continue to go) unfulfilled, both inside and outside the Church. Every person has been given gifts by God to be used to glorify Him and edify the Body of Christ (Haggai 1:8; Ephesians 4:7-8, 13, 15-16), and that’s the only place true fulfillment will ever be found. Really, don’t you think our Maker knows how to fulfill us and make us happy more than anyone else, even ourselves? And, yes, He is interested in our happiness. That’s why He’s given us all things richly to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).

When God called Abram, He promised to direct him where to go. He had to – I mean, how could you call somebody, ask that they trust you, and then not tell them where to go and what to do?!? So take particular note here that God took on all the responsibility of Abram’s move, saying “I will make you a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you’ll be a blessing [to others, because of what I’ve done for you]” (Genesis 12:1-2). God said He’d do the making; He didn’t want the man making anything. He didn’t want Abram exalting himself by trying to make his own name. That had already happened a chapter earlier at the tower of Babel, with disastrous results (Genesis 11:4).

God’s only tasking for Abram was to turn to Him, seek His face (that is, get His instructions), and then obey them. That’s all He’s asked of us, too. We don’t have to ‘figure it all out’ or ‘do it ourselves.’ We just have to follow His lead, one step at a time. When we commit to do that, we make our life, well-being and success His responsibility (Matthew 6:31-33). But don’t worry; He’s pretty much big enough to handle it. As a matter of fact, I don’t think He’d have it any other way!

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