“You do you, I’ll do me.” Have you heard this phrase? It’s pretty popular these days. To me that phrase says “leave me alone and let me just do what I want.” I was reading in Job today and I came across this verse: “Will you continue on the old paths where evil people have walked? They were snatched away in the prime of life, the foundations of their lives washed away. For they said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?’ Yet he was the one who filled their homes with good things, so I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.” Job 22:15-18 NLT
Leave me alone. Have you ever said that to God? You know what He wants you to do, you may know you’re in the wrong or maybe you know He’s asking you to take on something that may not be comfortable or convenient and you’ve blown Him off with your own version of “you do you God…” As the passage says, the very one who filled their homes with good things, blessings, was pushed away with a “leave me alone”.
I hope that I never say that to God. I hope that’s not what my actions speak of me. I hope this is where I rest: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21 I’m not looking for the riches of the world but the joy found in surrender to Gods will, purpose and plan for my life. That kind of growth. I don’t want the kind of loneliness that comes with saying “Leave me alone”. I want the richness of communion with God and knowing Him intimately. I want to submit or yield to Him rather than turn my back and say, “leave me alone”. Even when it’s uncomfortable, even when it means I was wrong or I need to change. There’s a joy in knowing I am at peace with God.
I leave you with a couple questions that stuck out to me this week in my Bible study: “Are you distracted by urgent but empty pursuits and ambitions? Will you trust the One who offers God’s acceptance and transformation to real security and peace? The King is at hand, here for you.”
May peace fill your heart as you rest and submit to His love.