Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. ~Matthew 11:26
Babies and little children are completely dependent upon their parents to lead them. This includes the daily schedule of the child: where he goes; most of what he does; and in many instances, how he does it. The child does not have the big-picture idea of how everything is supposed to turn out but trusts his parents because they know what is good for him. In essence, a little child sees it the way his parents see it. Our Lord Jesus gives us a powerful lesson of why we should see things as God sees them for our life.
We see the absolute.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). God’s will is infinite and supreme for the Christian. It is good, perfect, and acceptable. It is God’s best for us. Since God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-encompassing, He knows what is best and does what is best for us. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” As a potter shapes a lifeless lump of clay into pottery that he knows will be beautiful and useful, God’s way in our life is designed to be beautiful and useful in its result.
We see the acknowledgement.
“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” First, we see that Jesus acknowledged God in His paternity. God is a Father Who is full of compassion, always forgiving, full of pity, and always ready to respond to us. Second, we see that Jesus acknowledged God in His power: the Lord of Heaven and earth. As Lord, God is our Creator, God is in control, and God is comprehensive. Even as we many times lack understanding of God’s ways, we must acknowledge Him as Lord of Heaven and earth in how He is at work in us and for us.
We see the approval.
“Because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” First, we see the divine permission of God. There are things that God allows us to see and things that He hides from us. There doors that He opens and there doors that He closes. Whenever someone seeks counsel about something, I always lead him into asking God to close the doors that He does not want him to go through. Second, we see the divine performance of God. Jesus said that God hid things from the wise and prudent and had revealed them to babes. In His performance, God is always wise, God is always on time, God is always complete, and God always is sufficient.
We see the acceptance.
“Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.” Jesus teaches us the principle of acceptance. As God does what will glorify and please Him, it is our responsibility to be in submission. Our submission is acknowledging that what God is doing is pleasing in His sight. It is complete acceptance and contentment in what He has determined. Our response to God’s divine acts is always to be: “Even so, Father. As You have done, let it be.” When we struggle or disagree with God, we only frustrate ourselves with anxiety, discontentment, and unhappiness. Let us be in acceptance and submission to what God is doing in and through us. “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.”
Have a contented God Morning!
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