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 He is always in control and He and only He has a full understanding of the situation?
My friend, 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 its 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.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, when life becomes difficult, trying and pushes us to know which way to go, how, and when, we know that our first concern should be turning to You in prayer and leveraging our fear and uncertainty with the knowledge that nothing is too hard, to heavy or too onerous for You to take care of. Unfortunately Lord, that is what we so often do not do. Our first thought is often about our own ability and talents and how we might put these to use in correcting the problem. Forgive us Father when we rely first on ourselves, turning only to You when all else fails. Thank you Lord for Your grace when we go the wrong way. Thank you for your forgiveness when pride and arrogance rule our hearts instead of humility and love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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