17The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
19Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before you!
20Put them in fear, O LORD!
Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah
There are so many things that we do on our own everyday that perhaps make us believe we are in control. Most of us have the ability to bathe ourselves, to dress and feed ourselves and perform other tasks without any assistance from anyone. Our daily tasks and decision-making are results of what we choose to do or accomplish – so we think. It is no wonder, then, that when it comes to our spiritual walk we still behave in control mode. We choose whether or not to go to church, Bible Study or Sunday School, we choose whether or not we will participate in ministry, we make a decision to study the Word or pray. Often times when we come to these decisions they are weighed in our minds based on the time we have left in our day after we have worked, after we have done other things – whether or not we are tired, etc.
Though I am speaking directly to Christians in this opening vignette, the mindset of which I speak is also very prevalent in the world today. Everyone believes that they are taking control of their own destinies, that they, within themselves, have the power to shape their own lives and to do whatever it is they want to do. Of course I believe that we all have free will – God has given us the ability to choose death or life – but my point is not in the choices that we make – but that even the ability to make them has been given to us by God! We must never forget that though we have the ability to choose, we are still, as the Psalmist states, “mere men.”
God is still the authority under which we should live our lives! He is the one in total control, He is the one calling the shots and from Christians he demands obedience, reverence and submission. It seems sometimes in our world today that the enemy is winning in the war against good and evil. Mankind seems to be so far away from God and his plan and it seems that Christians are constantly on the losing end. But these words from the Psalmist comfort me and assure me that God has not lost the battle or the war! There are many that have forgotten God, that have walked away from him and are living their lives in total conflict to His Word – but the Psalmist says that the wicked shall return to Sheol, the needy and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever – there is a day coming when the nations will know that they are mere men! We are all, before God – just men and women – we have no power other than what He provides, we have no strength other than what He has graciously showered us with – how then can we continue to use our “free will” to do anything other than submit it to Him so that He can arise in us?
What are you doing with your choices?
c/2010 C.A. Price