Are We His People Still?

Meditating on Psalm 100.

Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Ps. 100:3)

His Word says we are His creation. He has made us; we are His people. But I know there are many who would rather not be His. Who would rather be left alone. I think about Job. In the midst of his indescribably hard trials, he wished the hand of God would be lifted off of him and just leave him alone.

17 “What is man, …
18 That You should visit him every morning,
And test him every moment?
19 How long?
Will You not look away from me,
And let me alone till I swallow my saliva?

34 Let Him take His rod away from me… (Job 7:17-19; 9:34)

These soul-piercing laments of Job, I had echoed them. For a time, they were mine, too. When sickness and suffering hounded all my moments and days and nights and there was no relief – my heart had cried out silently, “Why doesn’t God just leave me alone so I could live just like other people – strong, healthy, and going about their businesses in peace?” Wearied from too much physical suffering with the mental and emotional challenges it brought, I wanted to run away from His refining. I wanted Him to just let me be.

But even a nation who abhors to be refined like gold rejects God and His truth and just wants to be left alone and live according to its own laws. A people whose way of life shouts loudly at God, “Let us alone for we make our own laws and we will live by them!” So men and men marry. Women and women, too. And those who uphold and embrace these laws, they stand at the sidelines, applauding and celebrating.

When the criminal at the Lord’s other side reviled Him, the Lord let him. But he just forever lost his chance at salvation.

When a people, a nation, reject God and make up their own laws to support their own lusts, when they ban His Word, the utterance of His mighty name, and the offering of prayers to Him, when they compromise the truth – God will let them. Why would they wonder then and be confused when tragedy strikes? Could it be because the presence of God has left them? That He has let them alone as they had fervently wished? How can a people, or nation, be protected by the God they had rejected?

But oh, remember this loving reminder! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. He has bought us with a price; we are not our own. He has redeemed us by Hs own blood. We are His.

… Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (vv. 4, 5)

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Comments

  1. Yasmin says:

    Yes, this is what we are experiencing in the US now. Our morals are rapidly declining and people are applauding every overturned law or winning legislative. It’s scary. I pray for our country… if the Lord tarries I’m afraid of what kind of nation it will be. I want to take my kids to the farthest island and worship God in purity and in truth. But I couldn’t do that even if it were possible. We are called to be the salt – we need to preserve God’s righteousness right where we are. If we didn’t, this nation would be even further into despair than it already is. We are called to be the light. We need to shine God’s love and goodness into this dark world. Great post.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Great insight, Yasmin. Yes, we must stay where we’re called at. And when the Lord bids us to go, we’ll go wherever He leads. But indeed, your nation needs the “salt and light” and we pray that it will recover spiritually before the Lord’s coming.

  2. Thoughtful and lovely.

  3. Yes, God never imposes His will on us. He is a Gentleman.

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