Let God Be God

In a recent sermon I preached at another church, I focused on the story of Manoah and his wife who had had no success at childbearing. The umbrella lesson I found in the early part of the story was “Let God Be God.” Manoah came from the lowly tribe of Dan. The only remarkable figure from that tribe until that time was a man named Aholiab, an anointed craftsman. Dan himself was no standout. On his father Jacob’s deathbed, he had called him (Dan) a snake in the way that bites horses’ heels, causing the rider to fall off (see Gen 49:17).

To compound the issue, God chose a barren woman to give birth to Israel’s prospective deliverer. To the Jews, barrenness was at best a signal of divine disfavor, at worst a declared curse. So this woman, seemingly given up on by God and her community was joined to a man who came from a weak, untrusted, and disrespected tribe (see Judges 18:1). And God went ahead and handpicked them anyhow!

That is just like God. When He chooses a man, or woman, it is not based on family line, accomplishment, position, popularity, or entitlement. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Cor 1:27-29, KJV). God often calls up ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Be careful how you treat the poor, the lame, the weak, the illiterate, the forsaken, the distressed, the burdened, the outcast, and the broken. But don’t stop there. Be careful how you treat the guilty, the no-good, the unlovable, the law breaker, the loser, the lost, and the cursed. Let God be God…all by Himself. You are not called to vengeance. Let God be God. You are not called to divine jury duty. Let God be God. You have no seat on the heavenly council. Let God be God.

You never know when YOU may be the guilty, the no-good, the unlovable, the law breaker, the loser, the lost, the lowly, or the cursed…when you will need a God who will treat you, not as you deserve…a God who will not seek human advice before He determines your fate…a God who will take mud and shape it into His divine image. There is hope for you. Do not deny it to your worst enemy (see Matthew 5:44).