The Lord’s Slave

December 5, 2012 | Tags: , ,

You put my feet in the stocks
and stand watch over all my paths,
setting a limit for the soles of my feet.

Job 13:27

When Job spoke these words, he was lamenting before God. He asked that God let him be. He felt like God was making him a prisoner and he could not escape. That was how Job felt.

Consider similar expressions spoken with a different understanding about God. David said, “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:5-6 ESV). Paul addressed himself as “a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle” (Romans 1:1). James also said, “a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). Mary said, “I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). All four rejoiced at being a slave of God’s!

Why might one balk at being a slave while another rejoices? The answer lies in the biblical understanding of who God is. If we see Him as a controlling tyrant, unfair and unjust in what He does, we might balk. But if we see Him as a perfect father, a good shepherd, a prince of peace, a light to the world, we rejoice.

As we grow to know who God is (and the only way we will know is through the pure Word of God), we see that his hedge of protection around us is comforting. When I see myself no longer as a slave to sin, and instead, a slave of Jesus Christ, purchased by His blood, I rejoice! I know I can place myself in His perfect hands. I can trust that His direction for my life is exactly what I need. I can rest in His presence and know He will carry me to my next destination. I don’t have to fight to get my own way. I can surrender to His way and know it is infinitely better than mine.

When I read these words Job spoke in frustration, I feel something different. I feel peace. I feel protection. I feel joy. I know God will not allow me to go somewhere outside His will. As decisions for my life and family come every day, I know God will steer us in the right direction. I can trust His will each and every time. I can rest and walk and skip and sing, knowing my loving Father in heaven is always watching out for me. I am proud to be a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ!

By Courtney Silberman

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