Don’t Instruct the Master

2017-02-09T00:01:04+00:00 By |Infinite Supply|

February 9

“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

See how many times the disciples tried to correct the Lord. See how many times they argued with the Lord. See how many times their thoughts contradicted the Master. See how many times they urged Him to take action. And the Lord, ever patient, would correct them.

In every case we see that He is the Lord, and they are the disciples. The roles must never be confused. He is the Master, and we are His servants. We do not command Him, but He commands us. We do not lead Him, but He leads us. He was not created for us, but we were created for Him. He does not serve us according to our pleasure, but we serve Him according to His pleasure. So we must be adjusted to Him, and not the other way around. The Lord will never apologize to us and say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong. We’ll do it your way.” How laughable! How absurd! But we often live as if we expect Him to do that very thing. We have not humbled ourselves.

Source: “Embrace the Cross” by Chip Brogden

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  1. Rich February 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    These daily reminders about the Kingdom of God are so helpful. These small teachings break out the windex and clean up the glass to make it easier to see. I may not understand what I’m looking at however in time His words put in my mind and in my heart will give understanding to what is seen. Today I see the man behind the podium much like the wizard of Oz, everyone comes to him for the word, to be told what to do for His pleasure. Christ ripped open the curtain, and at a tremendous cost, I need to take advantage of the “curtain no more”, and stay away from those that are in the curtain business.

  2. Louise February 9, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    As I read our devotion today, I thought of me telling my earthly father how to handle things for me and just how far that would have gone over with him. That never happened because I knew there would be consequences to be paid. So why should my Heavenly Father be treated lower than my earthly father was treated by me? And yes Chip you are so right. We have not humbled ourselves nearly enough to try and tell our Heavenly Father how to handle things for us. We need to remember His ways are not our ways but, His ways are always the best for us. How thankful I am that He is in control and not me. Their used to be a t.v. program on called “Father Knows Best”. How good it is for us that our Heavenly Father does know best.

  3. Louise February 9, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Left off in the sentence above “We have not humbled ourselves nearly enough “when” we try to tell our Heavenly Father how to handles things for us.

  4. PTER NEMI February 9, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    It is the Adamic name name in man manifesting in us. The nature of rebellion in man that is making him to question to God. This falling nature hinders us from total submission to God. I recognize it me in many areas of my life. May God make me a bond slave to him where I will say to GOD why this and that. Abraham never argue with GOD when he was commanded to sacrifice Isaac his only son to him. He obeyed. God help us and increase our faith in Jesus name.

  5. Timothy B February 10, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Like life in general, everyday is full of surprises if we are alert to look for them. When Jesus shows us something new, about anything, do we welcome that lesson? Yes, it may be VERY hard for us to receive it. But, do we shrink back and wish we didn’t NOW KNOW? Life is what it is. We don’t like to look at difficulties and problems. We don’t like to look at anything that looks embarrassing and shameful. We want to hide from the ugliness and the filth. But does Jesus turn away? Or does He with understanding and compassion say to us: …”Neither do I condemn you. Go now, and sin no more”. We will always have Jesus as our True Teacher as long as we remain in His class, and in the school. Some of us, like Judas, will fail the class or get expelled from “the school”; but “the Master and Teacher” remains all the same. In this “school of Christ” it is strange, in that we may never even know any of the students. Our fellow disciples. But, we do know the “True Master and Teacher”, Jesus Christ. We are instructed by Him alone, and not some “substitute teacher” who we can’t go to even if we do have a problem with our life. Perhaps some of us can. But the Master TRULY knows us. Regardless of the curriculum, or “the class”, or “the appointed instructor”; are we determined to “successfully” finish the class and our “assigned course”, like Jesus Himself did, in this Life, all the same? So be it.

  6. Clare Watts February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    If God made errors of judgment, and He was proven to be wrong in ANY situation, He would not BE GOD, but lesser than ALMIGHTY! We may not see and understand His wisdom at the time, and WHY things that are in His control happen, but we have to trust that He NEVER makes mistakes and His thoughts towards us are continually for good and not for evil. We are here to glorify Him, not for Him to glorify us. We are to have the mind of Christ and even though we may not see God’s completed work, we know that when we are in His will, obeying without question, we have peace knowing that ALL things work for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Amen.

  7. Sandrine February 10, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

    🙃 All this seems so different from the usual practices taught…
    In our desperate search for the diminution or suppression of suffering, we have learned to constantly turn to God to ask Him to provide what we believe to be crucial for our well-being, against our ill-being.
    How to make the difference between what is legitimate to ask (Philippians 4: 6), and even to ask insistently (Matthew 7: 7-8), and what to give up, to submit so that our self is going decrease and Christ is going increase…

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