Thursday, November 23, 2006

You always knew



Beware of "the cares of this world . . ." ( Mark 4:19 ). They are the very things that produce the wrong attitudes in our soul. It is incredible what enormous power there is in simple things to distract our attention away from God. Refuse to be swamped by "the cares of this world." Another thing that distracts us is our passion for vindication. St. Augustine prayed, "O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself." Such a need for constant vindication destroys our soul’s faith in God. Don’t say, "I must explain myself," or, "I must get people to understand." Our Lord never explained anything— He left the misunderstandings or misconceptions of others to correct themselves. - Oswald Chambers; My Utmost for His Highest


I don't know why I worry about things so much when the God of the universe is on my side as long as I remain righteous. Or should I rephrase that - why should I worry when I'm on HIS side? Scripture asks us, "who is on the Lord's side?" Whoever is, is clearly always the winner.

I have this overwhelming need to always set the record straight on myself. To explain. To get people to understand. It's futile and beside that - God has a plan - always, that I know not of.

It's amazing to me how He always vindicates His servants and has a plan to usher us into our next level past criticism, and obstacles - if we just let Him.

God always has something up His sleeve for His servants. He's always on time. I stand amazed at His working in my life, in our family, in our church, in everything that touches our lives. God really does care about everything from my large concerns to my every day irritations. And as long as I stay true to Him, He promises to move the mountains on my behalf.

Father, I love You, and more than that right now, I TRUST YOU. While I can't always see Your hand at work in something right away, I can trust Your heart, because I remember what You have done in my past and who you have proven Yourself to be. Thank you for arranging, re-arranging, doing ALL THINGS FOR MY GOOD. For this and so many other things, I am thankful. The problem is when I worry about stuff that's just not my thing. I've got to stop doing that! So help me.

You always knew what you were going to do about my problems. You knew all along. You were already in the future, waiting to show me around.

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