WHY SETTLE FOR, “WHAT IF?”


The following is from our own, Jon Roark.  Get a cup of coffee, and get comfortable when you read this.  These are great truths to be reminded of, first thing in the morning!  They will make your day go a lot easier!  Enjoy!-anita

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“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

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I’m struck by something in this verse. It is that God cares for me. I’m thinking about Psalm 8 when I say that:

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,     human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels     and crowned them with glory and honor.  You made them rulers over the works of your hands;     you put everything under their feet.”

What am I, that He cares for me? What are any of us, wayward, wicked and willful as we are, that God would stoop from Heaven and deign to notice? I am amazed at all the little ways in which God shows himself in my life. This past week I had a certification test that I really needed to pass; it was important to my employer and to me. I felt unprepared as I took it and before I started I said a little prayer – “Lord, I don’t feel prepared and I don’t deserve your intervention on my behalf but I really need to pass this test and I’d appreciate it if you would help.” As it so happened, I did pass. I got a 70 (passing is 67) so I couldn’t brag but I passed. I could  recount other examples too – people that have come to the Lord, a tank of gas on a lonely New Mexico highway that lasted about fifty miles more than it had any right to, a wedding ring that was found under the seat of a truck, the day before the truck was sold.

The answer to ‘why’ He cares for us is ‘because we trust in Him.’ If I didn’t know God then I wouldn’t even think to pray – with predictable results. I have run out of gas on that same stretch of highway in New Mexico, at 9PM, with the nearest town ten miles away. That’s a long way to walk (but God still intervened – ask me about it sometime). The point is that the unbeliever has his own resources and that is it. When he runs out run out then he is left with nothing. However, the believer has all of God’s resources (“All that belongs to the Father is mine.” John 16:15 Since we are adopted children we get the same things) and, not only that, but he actually has more the weaker he gets! (“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9) So, the weaker I am, in any situation, the more ready God is to flex his muscle on my behalf.

The keystone to this is trust. Trust implies relationship; the better you know someone, the more you trust them. As I grow in my knowledge of God, my relationship with him, I find myself doing less and trusting more. Doing less useless stuff like worrying, brooding, beating myself up for being dumb, plotting, playing the ‘what if’ game. Instead I try to hand those things to God so I can get on with what in front of me which is usually all I can handle; I let God figure out tomorrow (‘Each day has enough trouble of its own’ Matthew 6:34). Somehow God always gets it done. It’s in that place of trust and caring that I find refuge and experience the goodness of God. Of course, I still worry, brood, beat myself up and so on but I often just stop and remember that God handles that stuff so much better than I can. He does and I see it and each time I do, we go a little deeper.

By:  Jon Roark

 

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