It’s not up to them, It’s up to God!
A little while ago, the boys had been happily playing with their toys when they both decided they wanted to play pretend with Barney and Leapfrog, two of their favorite stuffed animals. The animals were both out of their reach that day, so they asked if I would get them (My 4yr old wanted his Leapfrog, and my 2yr old wanted his Barney). No problem, I told them – Just give me a few minutes while I finish up what I’m doing in the kitchen.
Then the squabbling started. “Mummy won’t give you Barney!” said my 4yr old to my 2yr old. “I’m going to get my Leap frog but you won’t get Barney!” I chuckled when I heard that, thinking “says who?” I wasn’t worried however – my 2yr old is pretty good at standing up for himself so I smiled to myself, already imagining his confident retort – “Mummy’s gonna gimme Barney!”
So you can imagine my surprise when I heard my 2yr old crying, saying “No, I want Barney!” each time his brother taunted him. I call out to him in reassurance – “Don’t worry, just give me a few minutes, I’ll come get you your Barney ok?!” And to his brother – “Stop teasing your little brother!” My little guy is quiet for a minute, until my 4yr old starts teasing him again – “You’re not gonna get Barney! You won’t play with Barney today! Mummy won’t give you Barney!” And then the crying starts again.
I wondered why he would believe his brother over me. Didn’t he know his brother didn’t get to decide whether or not he got Barney? Had he forgotten so quickly that I was the mom? That I got to decide? This was definitely not the first time I had told him to give me a little bit of time before getting him something he wanted. We lived together, he knew me and he knew that when I say I’ll get him Barney, I will get him Barney… so why on earth was he getting so upset by his brother’s taunts? Why couldn’t he just wait patiently for me to finish up in the kitchen? And then I remembered that he was only 2yrs old – He really is still a baby and you can expect such from babies sometimes .
I couldn’t help but wonder how God must feel when we act this way. When we act like we don’t know who he is. When by our actions we seem to have forgotten our history with him. I remembered this story last night when I started doubting something that I know God placed in my heart. When in a way I started acting like it was up to others, or up to me, momentarily forgetting that it is always up to God! And God’s word will never, ever fail.
So that helped me decide what today’s post was going to be. Please join me in always remembering that God’s word is forever settled…. God is forever faithful. It’s not up to the devil, it’s not up to others, it’s not up to us (although we should of course play our own parts in fulfilling God’s word)…but ultimately, please remember – it’s not up to them, It’s up to God! If God has placed something in your heart, stick with it – don’t worry about what anyone else says or does, or about what circumstances are currently telling you. Stay where God has placed you, do your part, and don’t believe any lies. Don’t get upset and leave your position, please – let God fulfill his word in his own time!
This also reminded me of the song – “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled, in heaven, it is settled!”
Here’s the verse/thought of the day:
Psalm 119: 89-90 “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.”
Another verse to meditate on is Numbers 23:19 – I love this verse in it’s entirety! Gave me goose bumps when I read it this morning – Thank you Anietie for the suggestion! Here’s what it says:
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (NIV)
Yet another beautiful set of verses – Psalm 103:2-5,10 – These scriptures got me really bubbly on the inside when I read them this morning.. Thanks Sarah for the suggestion!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles…He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” See More Great Bible Verses
Thank you Dearest Father, because you are always faithful! Thank you for being so patient with us…Even in the times when we should know better, when we sometimes act like babies, you are always there to reassure us, to remind us of your unfailing love, your steadfast word, and your faithfulness.
And like we are reminded by Kehinde – there are sometimes when we seem to forget, or when we don’t understand certain things, simply because we are human. “But when we get to understand, our confidence is boosted and becomes unshakable!” So true!
Is there a verse or song or anything that reminds or reassures you of God’s steadfast word, love, faithfulness? Please feel free to share with us. Thank you very much!
May God’s steadfast word, love and faithfulness always remain real in your lives, Amen.
See Also: Bible Verses about Discouragement & Overcoming Discouragement
Bible Verses about God’s Faithfulness – Encouraging Bible Scriptures & Passages
Much Love & Blessings,