WHATEVER HE DOES
So, what about him? Does God have the right to his own “whatevers” with us? Can he do whatever he wants whenever he wants to? If I decide to follow him wherever he goes, to do whatever he says, whenever he wants; what does this mean about how I think about his character? Is he always right or good or wise, or is he somehow otherwise? If my “truster” is working properly and my eye is fixed on him, what do I see? What kind of God is he and what does he have the right to do with those who trust him?
Judges 10:14 The Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.”
My experience is that one of God’s favorite ways of steering us back to the land of “whatever” is to wait until we need rescuing. Especially then are we more apt to concede that what he thinks is best, is probably actually best! I love the perspective here – “Whatever you think is best is fine, but just so you know, Lord, we’re really hoping for immediate mercy!”
Jeremiah 26:14 As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.
Whatever God thinks is right and good must be right and good – right? I don’t belong to myself, so why would I think I had the exclusive right to decide what’s right for me? It might sound pretty naïve, but being owned by Another is, to me, a great relief. That I’m not the one in charge takes the pressure off me. It really does simplify life for me when I choose to do whatever the Lord wants. It cuts down on the overwhelming number of choices. I’m not saying that I have no responsibility to think for myself, but, when making decisions, I try to remember to let him screen my opinions before acting on them.
2 Samuel 15:25-26 “I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.”
I guess King David had lived long enough to come to the conclusion that God, being the standard of whatever is good, gets to decide not only what is good, but how he’s going to do the good and when. David was “ready” for whatever God sent his way. I’m trying to be ready too.