Doing Our Own Thing


3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.
4 He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.
5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
7 But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
8 they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.
9 You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. Psalm 104:3-9

From reading this passage, you get a sense that at the snap of His fingers, the created world does God’s bidding, that is, except for the humans who inhabit the created world.

That’s a strange thought, isn’t it?

But it was like that by design. God created us to have free will.

We can choose to praise or not.
We can choose to worship the Creator or not.
We can choose to live according to God’s precepts or not.

The natural world doesn’t have that choice. We of course benefit from most of what the natural world does.

What would our world look like if the waves decided to do their own thing, rain came down when it pleased, the sun came out a few times a year or maybe even skipped a year or two, or the oceans decided to destroy vast tracts of land, or if snow wanted to play a trick on Florida and Texas by dumping six feet in a weekend? Obviously chaos would be the norm.

Those are hypothetical questions but they prove a point. We are our own worst enemy when we “do our own thing” with our lives. When we stray, chaos ensues.

On the other hand, when we submit to Christ daily – and admittedly it can be a struggle – a certain order comes into our lives. We are doing what we’re supposed to be doing.


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