Sorry Lakers, There is Only One Sure Thing

John Hill

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 46:10

"And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  Luke 19:39-40

The NBA season is just around the corner and recently the Los Angeles Lakers made some personnel moves that netted the team two perennial all-stars and future hall of famers in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.  The news spread throughout the sports world and many touted them as a “sure-thing” to win the NBA championship next season.  I guess we’ll see soon if the latest in “sure things” is now in Los Angeles.  While the odds are certainly in their favor, history is not; before the Lakers’ most recent advent of a super team, it was the Miami Heat who had the honor, but it took them two years to accomplish what they were supposed to do in one.  The point is that there are very few guaranteed sure things in this world.  Even when something is touted as such, there is always an element of chance involved.

Not so with God.  The Psalmist points out one thing that is a lock in Psalm 46:10: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” declares God.  You see, God’s agenda on this earth is His glory.  And nothing will stop this from happening.  In ancient Greek mythology the gods were in need of peoples’ adoration and praise to exist and gain power and there are some who think that this is the case with the God of the Bible; but they are mistaken.  God’s glory and exaltation will occur regardless of whether or not we are on board with it.

In Luke 19, we are enlightened to this reality when Jesus enters Jerusalem to a throng of people who are cheering for Him.  The religious elite are disgusted with this display and demand that Jesus “rebuke” His disciples.  His answer is stunning and provides some deep truth about the glory of God: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  In other words, my glory is not dependent upon the participation of people; instead, it exists simply because it exists.  Jesus does not need us to be glorified, we need Him.

That is why the first part of our previous Psalm begins with the words, “Be still.”  Since God’s glory is neither begun, nor sustained, by my involvement it is my responsibility to stop my activity and receive His claim that, “I am God.” The simple fact is that the only sure thing in our world is that God is God and He will be glorified; whether by me, or rocks, or simply by being God.

The conclusion is that since the reality of God’s glory existing and being promoted is so sure, it is incumbent upon me to join with all of creation in doing what is only natural: to praise, adore, exalt, and obey Him.  It is my privilege and honor and it is to my benefit that God is glorified in my life.  I will be where I should be when I submit the rest of my life (be still) so that I can know what reality really is; which is not this world and all of its pursuits, but a God who loves me and cares for me, and who desires His best for me.

I will not let the rocks do my job.  I will not allow the distractions of this world to keep me from pursuing the best possible course of action.  I will sing and shout with all of creation and the heavenly realm that God is God of my life and deserves my best.

Will you?

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