Grace?

May 16, 2019

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? No matter how hard we try to assume the role of God in our own lives and those of others, will we ever be able to put ourselves on His level? Is it true that He is always in control and He and only He has a full understanding of the situation?

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

“If you’re sure that you definitely know the answer, you are probably wrong!” Those words still ring in my ears though it’s been decades since I last sat in his classroom. Kind old Professor Kirwan, had a knack for reminding a sophomore that in his class it was illogical to think that we knew anything absolutely. Kirwan preferred that we introduce our remarks with such phrases as “logic would dictate” or “one may assume because”. Our place in Kirwan’s class was in the desk not over it. We had much to learn. 

 

At thirty-two years of age, William Cowper thought he knew the answers. Passing through a great crisis in his life, he fell upon a knife, but the blade broke. He then tried to hang himself, and was cut down unconscious but still alive. Then one morning, in a moment of strange cheerfulness, he took up his Bible and read a verse in Romans. In a moment he received strength to believe, and rejoiced in the forgiving power of God. Some years later, after he had passed through a rich Christian experience and had written many beautiful hymns, Cowper sat down one day and summed up his faith in God’s dealings with him, in the great hymn on divine providence: “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to per- form; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill, He treasures up his bright design, And works his sovereign will.” (McCartney’s Illustrations, page 288.) 

 

No matter how hard we try to assume the role of God in our own lives and those of others, we will never be able to put ourselves on His level. He is always in control and He and only He has a full understanding of the situation. The gap between what we know and what God knows is vast. The truth is often far from us because our emotions tend to rule our hearts and not the Spirit. Have you ever felt that if God only did this or that, your troubles would be eliminated? Then, without warning, something even worse happens and now you find yourself standing in God’s corner, chastened and watching soberly as He whispers wisdom into your heart. In times like that is it best to “Be still and know that God is God and all things are under His feet! Our place is in the desk, not over it. 

 

We pray. Dear Lord, Help us to be still and know that You are God, that You control all facets of our lives in a sovereign manner that we can neither understand or surely duplicate. Forgive us Lord when we attempt to wrest control from You and take it upon ourselves, an act that always ends in sorrow, shame and regret. You are our God and we are Your children. You cover us in Your grace and we are the fragile vessels that receive that grace. That is the healthy relationship You intended. Help us to find purpose in Your love, to discover the great things, big and small, that You have intended for us to accomplish in You good time. In Jesus Name. 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> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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