Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”  Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.

This is such an important thought.  In a culture that says, “It’s all about you!” we need this reminder.  From our entertainment to our politics, from our food choices even to our churches, we are constantly told that only we matter, that our desires and will are primary.

But that is not the truth.  It is not an opinion that God gets the glory; that is simple fact.  We cannot be God’s people and still take His rightful glory for ourselves.  Did you create the world or anything that is in it?  Do you make the plants grow our food?  Do you give yourself the skills you use to gain your riches?  No, in all of this it is God who originates and initiates everything we have, and so it is He who gets the glory from His children.

And next comes the hard truth that God is not bound by us at all.  He is not bound by our morality but is instead its source.  He is not bound by our expectations and in fact takes great joy in blowing them apart.  God is the unexpected one, sending an infant child where we expected a military commander, healing where we expected sickness, bringing life where we expected death, and showing mercy when we expected judgement.  God does whatever pleases Him, and often that means going against what we want or expect Him to.

When you pray, do you pray to the God of the unexpected?  The God who can do whatever He pleases?  Or are you still following a God of your own making, who follows your rules and expectations?

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