Psalm 146 reminds us to turn to God instead of man for our help. We don't have princes to turn to, but so often we are tempted to turn to people around us for help, sometimes even to place our happiness on their shoulders. The phrase "you complete me" comes to mind when it comes to romantic relationships. This is an incredibly dangerous attitude to have. No one, other than Jesus, can complete us. No one, other than Jesus, can give us the identity we need. No one, other than Jesus, is enough. Of course human relationships are important - God created Eve so that Adam would not be alone. But we cannot look to any human relationship to do what only Jesus can do. He alone is our salvation, and if we only had Him it would be enough. The irony is, when we put our human relationships into their proper place, priority, and perspective, that is when we will be most fulfilled by them.
I'm looking forward to our John passages coming up over the next few days as I memorized John 1-3 with our oldest daughter last summer.
These verses spoke to me today...
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the rightto become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
There is a lot packed into these few verses.
It is tragic indeed that the world does not recognize Jesus for who He is - Creator, Saviour, Redeemer. So many choose to reject Him.
Thankfully, He stands ready to adopt everyone who receives Him. And these verses show both the doctrine of election and the reality of free will, somehow, beyond our understanding, working hand in hand. Verse 12 deals will free will, and verse 13 speaks clearly of election. One of the many mysteries we wrestle with with our finite minds.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 148-150; John 1:29-51