Who’s the Boss?

Right there off the bat we can start to get fired up because our sweet human souls all want to say “Me!  I’m the boss!”  Or we picture that boss that did us wrong and we immediately think Boss=Bad.  So 2 things to keep reflecting back on as you read this:

1) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.  Isaiah 55:8. (He goes on to say not only are our ways and thoughts different, but His are better)

(case in point…)

2) “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.”  Proverbs 14:12

Gulp.  We could just end it there, I suppose.  Seems pretty straight forward.  But there is something in us (its called sin, btw) that just won’t let that lie.  We rebel against someone else being our authority.

We most commonly do that in a couple of ways –

In a very blatent “no one is gonna tell me how to live my life!” way.  This tends to go pretty hand in hand with an ignorance of God’s word and who He is.  Many of us assume we know Him and what He is all about but we really truly don’t.  I don’t mean that in a rude way…but the fact is that over 3000 times in Scripture the phrase ‘Thus saith the Lord’ or something to that nature is used.  He speaks to us through His word.    The Bible is not a book about us – a road map for life – it is a book about HIM!  Its how we get to know Him.  Its how we learn that He is for us and not against us, that He can be trusted, and that maybe He should tell us how to live our lives.

We also rebel by justifying ourselves with the idea that God just doesn’t understand our particular situation.  He doesn’t have these kids or live with this spouse or have this job — so therefore I am the best authority in these situations.  The greatest analogy I ever heard is this:  imagine walking in to the room with a movie playing.  It is a 2 hour movie and you are allowed to see 1.2 seconds of it somewhere in the middle.  You are then asked to leave the room and give a full explanation of the plot, the characters, the theme and how it is going to end.  Impossible.  Same goes with our lives.  We have NO IDEA what God is doing in and around us.  The years we are given are but a 1.2 second peek into an eternity that He has fully planned out.  (And btw – read Revelation.  He knows how it ends.  He wins and so do we.)

There is a group called I am Second.  If you’ve never watched their videos I dare you to check it out.  These are athletes, actors, authors, successful business people and they all 100% get it — they aren’t their own boss.  They come second in their own lives behind an authority figure who can be trusted, who can be fully known in a relationship and who truly has our best interest at heart.  Maybe not in the same way that WE would, but look again at #2 above….we make a crappy Boss.

 

 

 

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