Isaiah 45:11 – “Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.” NKJV
I realize that I’m going to potentially get into hot water with a lot of people but when I hear someone ORDER GOD to do something I cringe. Most of the time this is the verse they use and declare that God instructed us to COMMAND Him and while a cursory reading might suggest that there are some things we MUST always remember.
- GOD is God and we are His Creation.
Nowhere in Scripture or life is it suggested that the servant or in this case the ‘creation’ rules the master or ‘creator.” NOWHERE!
Sadly too many times Scripture is used as isolated standalone passages without consideration for the context, without valid support for the doctrine being advanced and failure to keep the big picture in perspective. In fact, verse 9 of this very chapter should give us great trepidation for taking that approach. “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?” Then in verse 10 we note, “Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?'”
To take the position that we are allowed to GIVE GOD ORDERS is one that except for a failed attempt by the angelic creation no angel will take. How did it work out for Adam and Eve to attempt to ‘fire God’ as God and assume the role as those in charge? You may argue they did not do that but they did when the rebelled against His command and decided to believe THE LIE rather than follow God’s instructions.
Life and all that we have is by the Grace of God and while God gives us authority to STAND AGAINST the devil and authority and power over the evil one how dare we assume we can COMMAND GOD? One of the most powerful passages of faith in the Bible, for me is 1 John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ASK anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have ASKED of Him.” God gives us authority over much and the privilege to come boldly before Him to ASK.
God allowed Job to be placed in a very bad situation based on Job’s righteousness and integrity and then when Job begins to contend with God citing his own righteousness God stepped in and put Job in his place. It was clear that God was bringing Job to face the reality that God was God and Job was God’s creation not vice versa. If you attempt to GIVE GOD ORDERS what are you going to do if He fails to obey your COMMAND, fire Him? I cannot imagine anyone who believes in God attempting to take that position.
We are allowed to REQUEST from God not give Him orders. I can hear someone now recalling the wrestling of Jacob with God in Genesis 32 and saying, “I will not let you go, except you bless me” and claim that as validation for COMMANDING GOD. Someone may cite Joshua in Joshua 10 where he said to the sun and moon, “Sun, stand still upon Gibeon; and Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” Although he spoke to created things he was not giving GOD ORDERS but declaring by faith that which he knew needed to transpire and placed his confidence in God to bring it to pass.
ALWAYS REMEMBER who is CREATOR and who is CREATION. ALWAYS! He invites us to come BOLDLY before the throne of Grace and ask what we will but can you truly imagine standing before God as you would a boss and DEMAND something? I would contend that when we stand in the presence of the Almighty God we will have the same reaction as John in Revelation and FALL AT HIS FEET in fear and trembling. Yes He loves us and dotes over us as a Father over His children but reversing the position of CREATOR and CREATION is a most dangerous position.
Lord, I ask you to forgive me for any and every time I have presumed upon you and help me to always keep in the forefront of my mind WHO YOU ARE. God bless you as you go through your day!