Happy Tuesday Morning!
J. Vernon McGee tells a story about a man who, when asked what his favorite bible verse was, replied: “it came to pass”. When asked what he meant he said;
“When I get into trouble and problems pile up, I turn to my verse and I know that my troubles have not come to stay: they have come to pass.”
I LOVE this!
McGee goes on to provide what he believes is the formula to the fountain of youth:
- FAITH to forget the past
- FAITH to face the facts
- FAITH to face the future
That is a lot of faith.
There is no doubt that our lives are often full of impossibilities and obstacles that are utterly insurmountable. It is easy to feel stuck. It is easy to crumble to our knees with our face in our hands as we mourn the things we can not overcome. I have spent a good deal of the last ten years of my own life in this very position as I have cried out to the Lord for reprieve from what is an overwhelming and impossible obstacle I have had to deal with physically and emotionally. I have more often than not fallen under the weight of it and found it easier to wallow in my own helplessness, feeling sorry for myself and the unfairness of my circumstances. I know I am not perfect, but what in the world do I ever do to deserve this? It seems a fair question and I am sure that I am not the only one playing this particular question on repeat.
The pastor at my church often says, “if it ain’t good, God ain’t done.” There is freedom in living a life without fear, wholeheartedly seeking the Lord and his direction in our lives. Learning to trust that God is a God of his word and remembering that he promises us a hope and a future is the very thing that will set us in the camp of Caleb as opposed to a life spent wandering in the desert of our own making. As Martin Luther said, “One with God is a majority”. God is bigger than our giants and he has big plans for us. He has big plans for you, and he has promised to give you a hope and a future. Let us strive to live wholeheartedly for the day we come into that promise.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
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Today’s study takes a deeper look at the story of Caleb (in the book of Joshua) and what it means to live wholeheartedly.
I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and that you are embracing the life you have been blessed with (trials and all) wholeheartedly as you seek to embrace the unique beauty that God is fashioning in your heart. Because YOU ARE truly beautiful!
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