Thursday, October 18, 2012

“Severed From Me, You Can Do Nothing”… John 15:5

If you ever thought you could accomplish anything without God, you'll be in for a rude shock! What is man without God?
Psalms 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
In other words, “if God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.” MSG. These words were indorsed when Jesus declared, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you are joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.”

God's blessing on his people as their one great necessity and privilege is here spoken of. We are here taught that builders of houses and cities, systems and fortunes, empires and churches all labour in vain without the Lord; but under the divine favour they enjoy perfect rest. God must be a member of all teams, committees, boards and commissions, and not only so, but also the only one with veto powers- the authority or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act. He has the deciding vote in the building up of character, in constructing plans of life and of work, in framing schemes of happiness, in raising and enlarging the church and more importantly in rearing a hope of eternal life.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD" Psalms 37:23
The human hand without the hand of God is unproductive. He is to be acknowledged in all our works. At the outset, we can do this by seeking his direction before them. Just as the wise king once pronounced, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established” we must always obtain God’s divine approval before we execute any of our plans. I would that all of us could be able to repeat Job’s words- ‘I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause’ (Job 5:8) - before each step that we desire to make. Furthermore, we must depend upon his help in all our works. God must be the one starring in all our endeavours. Last but not least, we should give Him the glory of all our accomplished works.

The human eye without the eye of God is hopeless. He remains the superintendent of all pursuits. For that reason, in all our cares, we must involve Him by owning our short sight while trusting to his foresight. He and no-one else can see the end from the beginning. King Solomon observed that ‘the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.’ (Prov. 15:3).

“What we may not expect: God to work without our building, watching, etc. What we may expect: Failure if we are without God. What we should not do: Fret, worry, etc. What we may do: So trust as to rest in peace."

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