Who Really IS the Master?

7 10 2010

It is interesting how these days people really do seek to be the master of things.  They want to master their jobs and relationships.  They want to be a master of their craft and be the expert about something.   Well those with a gentle or meek spirit do not seek power or position.  Instead meekness is having a tolerant, yielding spirit which means you don’t have to be the authority and you don’t have to have everything done your way.   You see those of us that understand that we are masters of nothing are free to forget the selfish nature so common today because we are secure in who we are and WHOSE we are.  You see our security lies in knowing who really IS the master of our fate, the captain of our ship; it is knowing that God is in control.  Knowing this and trusting it is all about having the gentle, meek, humble spirit to know that you don’t have to brag about who you are and what you can do, you know like the old church mothers used to say, “this joy that I have, the world did not give, the world can’t take it away.”   It is with this humble and meek outlook that allows you to trust tomorrow.  This outlook helps you to understand, accept and respect who you are while at the same time respect people’s right to choose. I’m sure you are saying, Nicole what are you talking about!!!  Well think of it like this, have you ever been really interested in a guy only to find out that he is actually interested in someone else? Or have you ever been up for a huge job promotion and someone else ends up getting it?  Without a gentle demeanour you’d be ready to go off on someone or quit!!!   YES in that moment you could be bitter and resentful or you could tap into that gentle spirit within and realize that obviously this person place or thing just was not for you.  With a healthy trust in the master of our fate, we know that..

“All things work together for the good…” Romans 8:28a

It is knowing this that gives you that humble edge as you know that one let down, is God’s come up!  As you eagerly wait for the gift that is to come for you.  Yes it is knowing that what God has for you is only for YOU!  No one else! So if that was the job for you, you would have had it.  If Johnny was for you, he would not be checking for that other homegirl.   If you can accept that it is not going to always be your way, that you will not always get exactly what you want and that you don’t always have to be right, you free yourself for greater blessings to pour into your life.  Why?  Because in any situation there are so many factors going on that we simply cannot see and if we can trust that God is like a puppet master, moving everything around and lining everything up in just the right way and time, then we can also trust that at the right moment all the things being designed just for you will line up perfectly, your man, your job, your promotion will come.  I have seen how if I can wait and trust despite what I see, then what comes is better than one could have ever imagined. 

 “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20a

So what does this have to do with being meek?  The meek person knows that they don’t have all the answers and can trust where they are on the way to where they are going. 

 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

They don’t get all mad at Johnny for picking Mary, or for their boss for passing them up on the promotion, they KNOW that if it is for them it would have been theirs and this gives them their gentle disposition.  So YES faith and gentleness work hand in hand as you must trust that God has your back and will handle it, after all did He not send His son so that we may live and live more abundantly!!  So why would God not want you to be happily in love or have the best job you could possibly have, etc…? Sometimes He is just saying, naw he ain’t the one or daughter you ain’t ready yet.   So leaning not on your understanding means that you have got to trust that God has got this, even when you can’t even understand how this will all work out.   Our thought to ponder this week is how we can get out of the driver’s seat and let Jesus take the wheel.

 “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates.

“Anything under God’s control is never out of control.”  – Charles Swindol

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