Are there angels around us watching us work out our salvation? When we get it right and follow the Lord in faith do they rejoice with singing? Consider: Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
I am finding that God has made life quite simple. When Jesus said that even a little child can understand salvation, it is true. Life is made up of a series of choices. The choices come to us in pairs. The follower of Christ is not faced with multiple choice but a choice of ‘either’ ‘or.’ That is what makes it so simple. When I find myself in a situation I have the opportunity to put feet to my claims of trusting in the Lord. I will do one of two things. Either I can choose my prideful way or I will live by faith.
Choosing to live by faith means that I am going to choose to trust in, rely on and adhere to the Lord Jesus Christ. By faith I am going to rejoice in the fact that God has plans for me because He takes great delight in me. Choosing to go my own prideful way will cause me to view the circumstance from my perspective. I immediately start the process of trying to sort out how to maybe avoid this altogether; or how to escape; or start trying to find the resources I can use; or trying to find any resources that might work; or just try to blame someone and become the ‘victim.’
Making the choice to live in faith or to live outside faith is difficult at first. Choosing to trust God works like this. I find myself in a circumstance that seems to be unbearable. I make the choice to trust God. I choose to believe God that He is not planning to harm me. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In the face of all that is surrounding me, I choose to acknowledge that God is going to do what He says and give me hope by building my faith. This could be through the loss of someone or the loss of my dreams or the loss of a job or the loss of my health or intense marital issues. It matter not what the situation turns out to be each of us. What matters is that I fix my eyes on Jesus. He promises me a future. He promises me He will quiet my troubled heart with His love…but I have to let go of my hearts’ desires.
The problem is as old as the human race. Even though God created us we still think that we know better. We think that God is not listening. We think that God does not care about me…that I am too insignificant or not good enough. These are all lies from the Accuser. We fail to see things from God’s perspective. We fail to lift our eyes and by faith hear God rejoicing with the angels when we grasp His ways.
Think about this quote from George MacDonald: “Those who think their affairs too insignificant for God’s regard, will justify themselves in lying crushed under their seeming ruin. Either we live in the heart of an eternal thought, or we are the product and sport of that which is lower than we.” Read that quote again. Are you being the product and sport of that which is lower than you are? Do you know who is lower than you are?