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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

When We Think We're God

A German shepherd, a doberman and a cat died. In heaven, all three faced God, who wanted to know what they believed in. The German Shepherd said, 'I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my master.' 'Good!' said God. 'Sit at my right side.' 'Doberman, what do you believe in' asked God. The doberman answered, 'I believe in the love, care and protection of my master.' 'Aha,' said God. 'You may sit to my left.' Then God looked at the cat and asked, 'And what do you believe in?' The cat replied, 'I believe you are sitting in my seat.'"


I seem to forget that I am not God when I think that I have control over my life. There are some things I can't fix but I wrestle with it anyway. Finally, I am emotionally and spiritually fatigued and hand things over to Him. God made us to be dependent on Him. Psalm 46: 10, "He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God'..." When we know that God IS GOD we can experience the ultimate peace that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4: 7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." When we are dependent on God we can have contentment and confidence in the outcome of our situation.


Brennan Manning wrote, “You will trust God only as much as you love Him.” And I think that works the other way also. You will love God as much as you trust Him. When love and trust are combined, faith is being experienced. The more we experience faith the more we trust and the more we trust the more dependent we become on God. And the more dependent we become on God the more we realize how much we need and love Him! Trust that God is in full control of your life and that His plan is good!

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