“My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isa. 46:10 (NIV)
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. 1 Chron. 29:11-12 (NLT)
Heavenly Father, there are days when we, the clay, presume to tell you, the Potter, what to make, mold, and market. There are stories, in which we, the small-bit characters, want to dictate to you, the perfect Author, what to write next. There are circumstances about which we, your subjects, want to order you, our King, into action. Yet you remain so kind and patient with us. Thank you.
Father, we are thankful today for your “God-ness,” and our utter dependence on you. We’re so thankful you are the Alpha and the Omega, and everything in between. We have great peace realizing you know beginning, the ending, and every other moment, simultaneously. You’re never informed, taken off guard, or shocked by anything. Whew!
And we’re thankful you don’t answer all our prayers with resounding “Yes’s”; for your No’s are always sweeter than our agendas. We’re grateful you don’t cater to our fancies, give into our whining, or share your throne with us… even for a nanosecond.
Even though we grumble, murmur, and complain, we’re so happy you do as you please, even when your pleasure requires our disruption and displeasure. We’re relieved you’re not co-dependent on us, in any way, shape, or form.
In our most gospel-sane moments, we trust you with everything we have and are—even though we “kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14), get frustrated with your sense of timing; or question your goodness.
You will “make everything beautiful in its time” (Eccl. 3:11), and in time, you will make all things new (Rev. 21:5). Ahhh… and Hallelujah! You are God, the gospel is true, and Jesus is coming back. It is enough. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.