Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are you looking for God to give you an overcoming life, or a life that you can overcome? Do you and I need to try that life on, accept its pitfalls and challenges, in order to learn that our goal is to live a godly life in spite of life’s many challenges?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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Recently Holly and I bought a new car. Even though our last vehicle was only two years-old, as technology advances, two years in the auto industry today is a long time in terms of technological advances. Our new car is state of the art 2017 with many new digital engineering advances that have already outdated our 2015 model of the same make and model. Here are a few examples of how the 2017 is featured as opposed to the 2015 we traded in. Although there were several, solid mechanical upgrades like thicker windows for a quieter ride, most of the changes came in the cockpit itself. The entire digital counsel is new with many new digital functions not available in 2015. The car now has an enhanced GPS system, Eye-Sight® (a smart cruise control system), Star-Link® (a location emergency alert system) and literally dozens of other new cockpit entertainment, guidance and driving enhancements. In general it is a safer car to drive. In specific, however, it is a far more difficult car to know. Literally, the Owner’s Manual is a long read and the collateral reading material is impressive. In fact, part of the purchase price is an appointment after a month or so with a digital engineering associate who sits down with you for an hour or so to explain the powerful digital system in detail. Taking notes isn’t optional.
Both Holly and I learned how to drive a car decades ago, and we’ve owned dozens of cars over the years. However, when you buy a new car these days, because of the many technical advances, there is the necessity to learn to drive the car all over again. The car itself doesn’t give us the ability to drive safer, it gives us the opportunity to learn how to use those safety features and convenience devices to make for a safer driving experience.
Oswald Chambers writes. “Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace.” Oswald Chambers.
Jesus made this promise to his disciples. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Chambers nailed it when he tells us that life really is a fiery furnace. God doesn’t give us a life that overcomes trouble. He gives us troubles that we might overcome life. It’s similar to that new car we just purchased. The manufacturer doesn’t give us a car that drives itself, rather he gives us a car that we can drive with ease and safety if we learn how to use the great features and advances that are built into the car. Holly and I needed to overcome our inability to know all the features by learning the owner’s manual and going to classes. With the conveniences came the inconveniences that first needed to be overcoming. God is the master of presentation when it comes to life’s overcoming moments. Like those automotive engineers he figured out how to make a life worth living long ago. He gave us the living manual, his Word, and challenges us to overcome the learning process in order to reap the reward of living a life he has overcome for us. We need to try that life on, accept its pitfalls and challenges, learn–knowing that in the end we will be overcomers, not because of living, but in spite of it.
We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us a life that we can overcome in faith. Lord, it is our lot to live through the challenges of life so that we might know the grace and love that you give us in Christ Jesus to be overcomers. Forgive us when we complain of our troubles, not willing to face them with the owner’s manual you have given us-your Holy Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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