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From Him, Through and For Him are all things   Leave a comment

Romans 11:36

Romans 11:36

For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen” Romans 11:36

Jessica and I were thinking about our life verse as a married couple and the scripture we wanted to preach on the wedding day. She mentioned Romans 11:36. I was perplexed and humbled when she mentioned it. I was busy trying to get everything ready for that day and I realized that I was failing to see that God was graciously accompanying us through each and every detail.

I was anxious. A Christian author explained anxiety as worrying/fearing of what can happen. It is an agitated soul which cannot find rest and is trying relentlessly to find security and assurance. One thing that we often fail to admit is that we cannot control future events. The husband’s instinct to provide puts on his shoulders lot of responsibilities. Jesus knows than man worries about what will happen. He rightly used the future tense because He knew how many thoughts go in people’s mind at the present concerning future decisions.  Anxiety is a sin that we often rephrase it as ‘responsibility’. Worrying about tomorrow is a sin because we want to be master of our destiny.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mat. 6:31-34

It is not sinful to ask for our basic needs like food, drink and clothes. Jesus taught us to pray and ask our Father for our daily bread but not for our future bread. Tomorrow will worry about itself Jesus clearly said. It’s up to us to accept this ‘risky’ statement. There’s indeed enough trouble for today so why worry about things that you do not know for sure will occur?

It is a good thing to organize, plan and have visions. Parents want their children to succeed and they invest today for their future. It will be irresponsible if as leaders we do not think about tomorrow. The sin here is not about thinking about tomorrow but worrying about what will happen i.e. keep on trying to take our destiny out of God’s hand. The proper attitude would be “Lord, here’s my life, my family and possessions. Take control and guide me through.

The wrong attitude is anything not God-centered. For when we are not God-centered our soul naturally loses its peace and joy. Worries and anxieties then start to take place. “I am stressed” is a phrase that Christians should not utter.  A stressed person is someone who is not at the center of God’s will and trying to be master of his destiny.

This is what Paul said to the Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6

The cure to the worrying and anxious soul is Faith in God. It tells us that “From Him, Through and For Him are all things”.

FROM Him

Some times ago, pride made me voice out that all I had, I bought. It did not take long for me to admit that all I have, I received from God. God’s thumbprint is on all of my achievements, possessions and life. Skeptic I was a few years ago that God was orchestrating from behind. I privileged the theory that the reasons of my achievements were hard work, my abilities or coincidence.There has been too much coincidence and the assortments of my flaws led me to suspect that my theory was utterly deficient. Only God made sense.

When we admit that FROM Him are all things, it is being thankful to God. It is humbly accepting that every good gifts comes from above. All we have and all we are because of Him. All my possessions and achievements come from God. Jessica and I can testify how much gracious God has been to us by divinely opening and closing doors for us for our wedding preparations and home. We have a grateful heart and humbled by what God did for us. Through our strengths and wisdom ,we would not have been able to achieve it. The psalmist said: “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Ps. 62

THROUGH Him

Our undeserved salvation comes FROM God. Though God has been gracious and faithful, He will still continue to carry us through at the present. If you do not know what to do today, THROUGH Him there’s peace. Paul said that he could do everything THROUGH Christ:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13

Based on what God did for Paul in the past, he knew that he could face the present time with Christ. We’re limited by our intellect, money or qualities to be able to do ALL THINGS. But THROUGH Christ who strengthens us, we can.

FOR Him

Is not it the reason of our existence? Our motives should be to honor God. Everything we do should be FOR His glory and not for our selfish ambitions. If we focused our plans and decisions with God in mind, we would have had less worries today. Paul said to the Corinthians :

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

May God forgive us for our divided attention and not seeking His Kingdom first.

ALL THINGS

These were the words that kept me perplexed. I pondered over it for days. The doubts in my heart refused to accept this ALL THINGS. These words “All things” left nothing out. Many times we limit God and fall into disbelief. We decide for God what He can do and what He won’t do.  If it’s not this sin of incredulity, it’s this desire to do what we can and let God do the rest. This is also wrong since when there will be success, we’ll fail to give all the glory to God because we somehow participated in this achievement.  Either we let God have control entirely or do our own stuff. God is actively present even in minor details of our lives. This was a myth to me until I saw Him intervene in these things I thought did not form part of this “ALL”. If we just really surrendered our life to Him, we would humbly confess that  “For from him and through him and for him are all thingsTo him be the glory forever! Amen”

 

 

 

Posted June 26, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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