God Helps Us for His Name's Sake
"Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me." (Psalm 31:2-3)
Have you ever met someone who was "in charge"? Sure, you have! We all know someone who is in charge of something, or in charge of someone else. To be "in charge" means to be responsible to take care of something.
If your parents put you "in charge" of the new pet puppy dog in your home, that means you have to feed the puppy, give him water, wash him, teach him to obey commands, and take him outside for walks. If the puppy has a clean, shiny coat, and if he is friendly and well-behaved, then people will tell you that you are doing a great job training him and taking care of him. On the other hand, if the puppy damages something very valuable, makes a mess, or bites someone's hand – you might find yourself in a little trouble! Anything bad that the puppy does could be blamed on you! Your hard work and special care is reflected by your puppy's behavior and appearance. But if you neglect (forget or ignore) your responsibilities with your puppy, his behavior and appearance will show that, too!
God is in charge of us – did you realize that? If you are God's child, He has adopted you and brought you into His household. You bear His name now. Your appearance and your behavior ought to reflect Him – they ought to show to other people the good character your Heavenly Father has and the great works that He has done. If you act like an unbeliever, someone who doesn't know or love God, then your life cannot reflect God's character and works very well to other people.
Did you know that God is the perfect refuge (place to hide, place to find safety and comfort), and that He will lead you along and point you in he right direction when you are not sure what to do or where to go? That's what King David believed in the Old Testament, and he was worshipping the same Heavenly Father that we know and love. Read Psalm 31:1-5. What can you learn about God from that part of Scripture?
God takes His responsibility for us seriously. He never messes up. He never does anything accidentally, and He is never surprised. He has a reputation to uphold. Unlike us, God is right to be concerned about His own reputation (His name, or His glory). Being the only perfect God, He has every right to care about His glory. God's character is always holy and perfect, and He will be faithful for eternity. Because He is all these things (and more!), God cares a great deal about His glory – His good name – and those who bear His name are in His charge.
If you are trusting Him, God is in charge of you. He will lead you and He will guide you. He does that not just for your sake, but for His own name's sake. He loves to give us the wisdom and guidance we need. He loves to help us and protect us. His care for us is one way He shows publicly what a great and good God He is.
God takes care of His own people, for His glory and for their good.
» Is it easy for me to forget Whose name I bear and Who is in charge of my life?
» What do I do or say that reflects upon the glory (the good name) of my Heavenly Father?
» What must I change so that my thinking and behavior line up with the Bible's true teachings about God's goodness and greatness?
Truth In Real Life
“I will cling to Christ like a burr on a topcoat.”
Katherina von Bora was born in Germany on January 29, 1499. With a name that would have befitted a queen or a baroness perhaps, Katherina – or “Katie” as she would be called – would become a very important woman at least to one man (her husband Martin Luther), and she would influence her children and many others, creating a God-glorifying ripple effect on Christian history forever.
Katie’s mother died when she was a little girl, and her father quickly remarried, sending five-year-old Katie to live in the Roman Catholic Church. She was raised by the nuns – two of which were her aunts – and it was assumed that surely Katie would grow up to become a nun just like them. So she did! When Katie was 16 years old, she took the vows – or promises – of a nun.
The more Katie studied the Catholic religion, the more she wondered if she could really believe every part of it. Katie actually made plans with some of the other nuns to run away from the church, but she did not feel right about running. Running could bring a punishment of death. So the nuns created another plan.
The German monk Martin Luther was already growing popular for his reformed beliefs – for how he spoke up against the parts of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings that taught that salvation could be earned by good works or that deliverance and relief from judgment could be bought by purchasing candles or pieces of paper from Roman Catholic Church officials. Martin Luther was instead coming to believe from the Bible that salvation belonged to the Lord, that justified people are justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Instead of sinners earning their own way to heaven, Jesus Christ died to save them and to offer grace and mercy by His own perfect life and perfect sacrificial death.
Martin Luther wanted to help monks and nuns who were changing their minds about Roman Catholic teachings. One day, just before Easter, a local fish seller arrived at a Catholic convent to deliver food to the nuns. It had been arranged for the fish seller to hide any nuns who wanted to escape in barrels the back of his fish wagon. This man helped the nuns escape. When they escaped, they went straight to find Martin Luther. He helped each of the nuns find marriages, homes, and jobs – each and every one of them... except Katie.
Martin Luther married Katie himself. She was a godly woman, a wife, a teacher, a nurse, a farmer, and a mother to ten children! She woke up every morning at 4am to get all of her work done and did not rest until it was finished.
Katie was a devoted disciple of Jesus and a diligent worker, among many other things. Do you do your best at what you do? Are you faithful to follow truth and committed to cling to Christ?
1 Thessalonians 4:11 – That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.