Sunday, January 4, 2015

Not the Boss of Me...REALLY??

"Righteous are You oh Lord.." Ps. 119:137

 As the youngest of ten children, I had plenty of folks telling me what to do!  Since my oldest brother and sister were at least 18 years my senior, you could even say that I grew up with two sets of parents!  So it wasn't strange for me to lament to a sibling growing up...You're not the boss of me!

This gave a bit of relief in my home but it got a little more difficult once I realized that in the real world, my parents and siblings were only the beginning of the bosses I would encounter.  Let's see, there were my teachers and principals at school.  The pastor, deacons, and ushers at church.  Various adults in my neighborhood...the ever present village, you understand.  Then as I got older there were other people in authority over my life, like rental offices, policemen, government agents, work supervisors, etc.

But when, I became a Christian and I found out that the one Boss that should have been the easiest to obey was the One I had the most trouble with.  I didn't say it aloud but in my actions, I would often say in ignorance to God...You're not the Boss of me!  I know how to run my own life!  Man was I wrong!

Here's why God is my Boss and yours too if you've any sense:

God is Sovereign:  He rules and has authority over all things.  He is the Creator and King of all the earth (Ps. 24:1; 46:10; 83:18; I Tim. 6:15)

God Answers to No one:  Whether in heaven  or on earth He does exactly as He pleases. (Ps. 115:3; 135:67).  So while the meteorologists scratch their heads and calls snow in the desert, strange weather, God knows exactly what He's doing.  He taught Job a thing or two in the 38th and 39th chapter  of the book by the same name and He can do the same for us.  In fact, whatever He plans can not be stopped! (Job 42:2).

God Overrules Natural Laws - Do you know what a miracle is? It is an observable occurrence that even when the laws of nature are fully understood cannot be  accounted for.  In the rubble of one of the burning towers of the 911 attack, with heat ranging up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit,  a bible survives readable and intact. Other Biblical instances are the Fall of the Jericho wall (Joshua 6) and God turning back the hands of time for Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:8-11).

God Changes our Minds Without Violating our Free will - (Prov. 16:9; 19:21).  I can't explain it but God always gets His way and we don't even know He's doing it! Pharaoh had no intentions of letting the Israelites go but he did.  King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah all the goods he needed to rebuild the Jerusalem walls along with military escort for no apparent reason than to do God's will.

So with modern and biblical evidence is there ANYONE else you know who is worthy for us to put our trust in?  Paul puts it very plainly in I Corinthians 6:19-20.  "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body. "  

Eugene Peters in the the Message Bible says this ..."Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body." 

With that said....Happy Bosses' Day God!