My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to understanding God’s way of dealing with our lives, can our perspective often be very faulty? When our life comes crashing down on our heads, does knowing what waits for us once God has a hold of our thoughts, bodies and lives, make the pain worth it?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Sometimes things just aren’t what they seem. I remember recently when on a trip I was driving to a friend’s house. He had given me directions to his home that ended with, “I live next to the tall TV towers at the end of the road.” As I drove down the road I could see the towers in the distance. “Hey it can’t be but a mile or two and I’ll be there.” I thought to myself. I was feeling pretty confident that over the next hill, or perhaps the next, I would be coming up to his driveway. But it was more like seven to eight hills before I found the right mailbox and driveway. It was my faulty perspective that had played games with my senses. Those towers were much farther than they appeared in the first place.
When it comes to understanding God’s way of dealing with our lives, our perspective can often be very faulty.
Here’s a thought from A.W. Tozer: “The hammer is a useful tool, but a nail might have a different perspective. For the nail knows the hammer only as a brutal enemy who lives to pound it into submission, to beat it down out of sight and clinch it into place. That’s the nail’s view of the hammer, and it’s accurate except for one thing: The nail forgets that both it and the hammer are servants of the same carpenter. If the nail would remember that the hammer is held by the carpenter, all resentment toward it will disappear. The carpenter decides which nail will be beaten next and what hammer will be used. That’s his sovereign right. When the nail has surrendered to the will of the carpenter and has gotten a glimpse of the carpenter’s well-designed plans for its future, it will yield to the hammer without complaint.” (Adapted--A.W. Tozer)
Sin has its hold on all of us; for that reason it’s necessary for God to use the hammer of His providence, his perfect will, to push us down and get our attention. In fact, unless He gets our attention with the hammer of misfortune or mallet of sorrow, we’re not likely to ever respond to His will for us. Christians who are hard-pressed are the most fit for service because God has their attention. It hurts to be hit, to have life crash down on our heads, but knowing what waits for us once God has a hold of our thoughts, bodies and lives, is worth the pain. It’s really a matter of perspective. God crushes those He loves in the only way He can, sinners that we are.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You are sovereign over all things that happen in our live, even the things that seem bad at the time they happen because we don’t have a perspective on how things will actually turn out in the future. Lord, it’s hard for us to be patient, difficult for us to wait and see. By nature we react and know deep down that that isn’t the way to view the ups and downs in life. Forgive us Father when we fail to wait in You, and lack the understanding that things sometime aren’t what they seem because we aren’t ready to step into the divine roles You have chosen for us to do. In Jesus name. Amen.
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