Last Sunday, my pastor said something that really, really struck me. And it happened to fit exactly in with one of the names of God I’ve been studying.
Coincidence? I think not.
He referred to the passage in Luke when Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ [Adonai] and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Adonai essentially means Master. As in, we’re God’s servants, and He’s master over us.
And yet, how often do we not do what our master tells us? How often do we beg for Him to change His mind and give us a different command? How often do we kick and scream and cry, telling Him He doesn’t know what He’s doing? That He’s mean for commanding a certain something? That He’s heartless and cruel?
Yeah, I’m thinking that if most servants acted like that in Biblical times, their masters would either have thrown them in jail or worse. In modern-day times, they’d be fired at the very least, left destitute and without provision.
But even though our God is master, He is also merciful. Something we soooo don’t deserve, but something I’m soooo thankful for.
So instead of wasting time complaining that our Master doesn’t know what He’s doing, we should wait and listen to His counsel. Because here’s what happens for those who do:
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:47-49)
Don’t you want to be like the man with a firm foundation? If we really consider God our Master, then let’s listen to what He says. That way, when the floods come—and they WILL come—we will be ready.
Your Turn: In your mind, what does it mean to serve and to follow the Good Master? What are some ways we can do that today?
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