Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth has been quoted as saying, “If God had answered all my prayers, I would have married the wrong man … many times over.” There are times when we can’t seem to get anything right. But then there are also times when we are over-confident and attempting to do what we have no business doing. Both of these extremes are the result of flawed faith.
It is as though we want to micro-manage every aspect of our lives which only sets us up for failure. You see, God wants to get in the game too! Well actually, many times He’s in the game when we don’t even realize it. We may cry over what we don’t have, completely unaware that if God had allowed us to have our way, it would have been catastrophic. We talk a lot about “walking by faith” while we are going our own way, seldom trusting our Lord at all
Paul gave us enough good advice to last our entire life if we would but heed it. In Philippians 4:11-12, he wrote, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Now here is one who spent all but seven years of his entire ministry in prison and he could still be content. Why? Because he had faith enough to know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) And this wasn’t because Paul understood every small detail of God’s plan, but he had learned enough to trust the architect of his life.
Neither you nor I will ever have the peace and contentment that Christ wants so badly for us until we too learn these lessons. They are not complicated, if we can ever get the faith part right.
Today I will look at the Big Picture and not be boxed in by life.
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