Sheepish behavior

The Will of God will not lead you where the Grace of God cannot keep (protect) you.

This statement is commonly heard among the churched community. It may be described as a Christian truism, but it is not Biblical scripture.
There are a number of Bible verses that support this statement. Most anyone who has a close personal relationship with Jesus will testify that The Lord is perfect in His faithfulness, even when we are not.

Here are a few things that come to mind as I think about this:

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
As God led the children of Israel in the desert for forty years, he leads us today. We don’t acknowledge his provision and protection because we are so well provided for by Safeway, and Food Stamps, and the US Government. Never the less His hand is over arching in our daily lives. We are instructed to pray for our daily bread, but do we?

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Mt 7:7-11
We know that we have to be a child of God to receive the promises of God. We become His child by accepting the sacrifice Jesus made at Calvary on our behalf. While God is the creator of all men, He is only Father to those who are “in Christ”. The verses above are telling us that our earthly fathers sees to our welfare – how much more our Heavenly Father is concerned, and cares to provide for our necessities.
Have we asked, or our we depending on our own abilities?

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
James 4:3
Sometimes we are persistent and consistent in “asking”, but we are asking amiss. What is the purpose of our request? Do we want to be rich? There are a whole boat load of scriptures that pertain to riches. Do we want to make ourselves look good? How is God glorified in our appearance when He says He looks not upon the outward, but the inward? I just remember Hannah praying for a son year after year, but it wasn’t til she told God that she would give him back into God’s service that the answer to that prayer was fulfilled in Samuel the prophet. (1 Samuel 1)
It was God’s will that Hannah be barren. It was God’s will that Hannah have a son. It was God’s will that Samuel would become one of the greatest prophets in Israel and be used for God as a messenger to his people. Samuel anointed Saul and Samuel anointed David. Two very difficult tasks considering God was already their King. Samuels own sons turned out to be bad apples, but most preachers kids have a reputation – and deservedly so. (humor)
It is God’s stated will that He and He alone get the Glory. He will not share it with you or with me. Since there was nothing when God started, and he created all of it out of nothing I would say He has a reasonable argument. You and me, we are just lively dirt.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
Psalm 103:14

Also Psalm 23 is all about God’s provision and protection for His sheep


About tnman

I was born, then I was born again.
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