“Hey little mister – looks like someone is getting a little too big for his breeches!” I didn’t hear it often as a child, but when I did, I knew it was time for me to straighten up and back down. 🙂
Usually, it was an indication from one (or both) of my parents that I was getting out of line; perhaps thinking that I knew better than they did, and that my ways were better than theirs. In essence it was an indication that I was trying to take their rightful position of authority from them. Looking back, how silly and backwards my thinking really was.
A people too big for their breeches is what came to my mind when I read the account of Israel as written by Isaiah…
“You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “’You did not make me’”?
Can the pot say to the potter, “’You know nothing”’? (Isaiah 29:16)
I’d like to say that I thoroughly learned my lesson as a child and I no longer question God’s authority. However, I know myself better. There are far too many times when I find myself wrestling against what I know He says or wishes for me to do. So, this is a reminder for me as much as anyone. However, I fear also that collectively, our culture has failed to learn from history.
On a daily basis I see growing evidence that we, the mere clay pots, are telling the Potter that we have no need for Him; that we can handle things just fine without Him. We’ve gotten too big for our breeches, and just as my parents did to me, and just as God did with Israel, corrective discipline is bound to follow.
Lord, forgive us for thinking we know better than You; help us to submit our wills to Yours. –Dave
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