Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Let Him Do What Is Good

I was reading 1 Samuel last night before bed. I know devotions are usually performed in the morning, but I remember better if I do them at night.

Eli, the high priest, has 2 wicked sons serving in the priesthood. God decides to punish Eli's household because of their sins and, I assume, Eli's lack of fatherly restraint. God tells the young Samuel His plan, and Samuel, at Eli's urging, tells the old priest everything.

After hearing what judgment will soon fall on his family, Eli says, "He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes." I can't tell if Eli is being sarcastic, but I think not. I think he knows his wicked sons deserve whatever happens to them.

David says much the same thing when he learns God will punish him for taking an unauthorized census. He decides to allow God to choose the penalty because even an angry God is better than no God at all.

I am trying to embrace this attitude toward God. I know I cannot control everything (hardly anything, really) but I keep trying. I worry about things I have no power to affect. I fret over circumstances, good and bad. It's part of my anal-retentive nature to rigidly organize my world into chunks over which I have absolute, if illusionary, rule.

But I think I should write this down and keep it close: He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.

It seems to apply to most everything.

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