We live in a culture of demands and rights as was witnessed yesterday with the call for a national shutdown.
Do you remember the account of Korah, Dathan and Abiram? (Numbers 16) They rebelled against Moses and Aaron, demanding that they should be treated equal to them. These guys were Levites, set apart for the service of God, yet they wanted more power.
Their rebellion was a result of their lack of understanding of their calling and purpose. Consequently they felt inferior and felt it was their right to be seen to be equal to Moses and Aaron.
When we fully grasp the magnitude of God's grace, of what He has actually done for us, then we will identify with Isaiah when he wrote:
"But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." (Isaiah 43:1-3)
God has done it all through His Son, Jesus Christ. Understanding this leads to laying down our rights and surrendering to His will for us.
Then we will with the psalmist declare: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (Psalms 139:14)
Have a good day with your family and friends.
Mike and Daphne