My friend, may I ask you a question? Do we make it difficult for God when we don’t know what to do according to his Word all the time? Or, does God have a way of dealing with our indefinite approach?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Many years ago I was involved in a serious accident on the freeway coming home from a late shift stocking shelves at an area grocery store. As I came over a hill in the road a County Sheriff crossed the highway in front of my car and the other car involved in the collision. Waving his arms to warn us of some pallet wood dropped in the emergency lane, he distracted both of us. There was a serious collision and both cars were involved in a terrible crash. Fortunately both of us escaped without serious injury. Nonetheless it was a complicated accident. Questions of insurance arose as well as culpability issues on the part of the law enforcement officers who were at the scene prior to the cars colliding. As I was driven to the local sheriff’s office along with the other driver we both overheard one of the sheriffs mutter, “If I just hadn’t run across the freeway like that?” Immediately I looked over at the other driver whose car was totaled along with mine and we had the same expression on our faces–“Great! Now what?” It wasn’t long before we both engaged attorneys to sort out the intricacies of the law in such an unusual accident.
As drivers we knew there was so much more to the accident than we could adequately process on our own. The law left us indefinite of knowing without being definite about something to know. Hiring attorneys could take the indefinite into account allowing us both to let attorneys to do what they knew and we didn’t.
Oswald Chambers writes. “Am I making the Holy Spirit’s work difficult by being vague and unsure, or by trying to do His work for Him? I must do the human side of intercession— utilizing the circumstances in which I find myself and the people who surround me. I must keep my conscious life as a sacred place for the Holy Spirit. Then as I lift different ones to God through prayer, the Holy Spirit intercedes for them.
Your intercessions can never be mine, and my intercessions can never be yours, ‘…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession’ in each of our lives (Romans 8:26). And without that intercession, the lives of others would be left in poverty and in ruin.” (My Utmost For His Highest, November 7)
The Apostle Paul tells us. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We love to know what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done. However, we often get into tough situations telling ourselves that God’s Word has all the answers, so we ought to know what to do? However, there always will come those times in our lives, like when I looked at that other driver and knew that something should be done but neither he nor I knew what it specifically was, when we definitely know we must act but don’t grasp all of the details as to how to act. We need someone to intercede. My attorney interceded for me and pled my case successfully in civil court. I didn’t have the wherewithal but he did. That’s often how life is for a believer as well. We definitely know that God would want us to do what is right but we don’t have a firm grasp on what specific action that might be required. The Holy Spirit takes our confusion and intercedes with God the Father who tells the Spirit–and he us. Our indefinite becomes definitely known by default. It’s ok not to know, but not ok not to listen.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank your for giving us your Holy Spirit to help us know what to do according to your grace when we just can’t figure it all out. Help us Lord to rely on your Holy Spirit to be our wisdom when we are not that wise. Forgive us when we aren’t listening for the Spirit because we are trying too hard to figure out things for ourselves. 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.
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