The odds?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Often we struggle along, almost as if it were our job to compete with God until failure is a certainty? Are we valley dwellers, not mountaintop warriors and, it often takes an overwhelming failure to bring that message home?

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.


A number of years ago, many years prior to retirement, I was looking for a new job and hadn’t been able to connect with the just right opportunity. A friend of mine suggested that I make application at a very large corporation in a nearby city that, according to its newspaper ad, was expanding. I knew going in that I wasn’t qualified for the position advertised. Nevertheless, I put together a resume and sent it in. It wasn’t long before the outcome seemed assured. Although I did get a first interview, it didn’t go very well. It was probably one of the shortest interviews on record. Even though I left feeling I had done my best, in retrospect it accomplished nothing more than appeasing my pride.

It’s often like that when, as a Christian, we’re confronted with God’s power to change our lives. We know he can do it, but we struggle along all the same, almost as if it were our job to compete with him until failure is a certainty? When it comes to doing the hard stuff in life, the spiritually challenging, you and I are really valley dwellers, not mountaintop warriors. Nevertheless, it often takes an overwhelming failure to bring that message home.

Here’s a Story: For those who think the coalition troops of Operation Desert Storm must have set some kind of record with their 100-hour ground assault against Iraq in 1991, the “record book” of history says otherwise. The shortest war on record was fought between Great Britain and the Kingdom of Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) on August 27, 1896. The huge British fleet issued an ultimatum to the sultan of Zanzibar, then followed with 38 minutes of bombardment before the badly mismatched sultan surrendered! (Today in the Word.)

Surrender is the best option when you’re dealing with insurmountable odds. The sultan of Zanzibar showed wisdom in capitulating as quickly as he did. He believed in the power of the British guns and there was no doubt in his mind that his fate was sealed unless he yielded at once. There was no place for pride when the outcome was certain disaster. As Christians we need to adopt the sultan’s attitude when it comes to yielding to the power of God in our lives. We can never “calculate”, as Oswald Chambers has put it, with the wisdom of God. When faced with his over-powering authority to accomplish what he sets out to do, who are we to stand in his way? A mismatch of these proportions can lead to at best an uncertain outcome. Really, what are the odds?

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for always being there for us when the going really does get tough. Forgive us Lord when we think so much of ourselves and our own abilities that we step in front of you when you’re just doing what you do perfectly. We praise you Lord for your willingness to take on our troubles, even when we make them worse with our meddling. 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. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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