‘Be not wise in thine own eyes’, Prov. 3. 7.
One day a scientist asked an old preacher why the Bible version of creation defied logic. Smiling, the preacher replied, ‘The reason God came from nowhere is because there wasn’t anywhere for Him to come from. And coming from nowhere He stood on nothing, for there was nowhere for Him to stand. And standing on nothing He reached out where there was nowhere to reach, and caught something when there was nothing to catch. Then He hung that something on nothing and told it to stay there, and nobody said a word, because there wasn’t anybody around to say anything. Then God said to Himself, ‘That’s good!’ Creation, as with so many other things, defies logic.
As humans we tend to try and figure things out especially in advance but we’re not nearly as smart as we think. Solomon said, ‘In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths’, Prov. 3. 6. One Christian author writes, ‘I couldn’t feel at peace unless I’d everything figured out. I became anxious, restless, nervous, worried and grouchy, similar to a drug addict who needs a ‘fix’; the severity wasn’t the same but the symptoms were. I was a Christian and supposedly walked by faith and trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation, but in the other areas of my life I only trusted myself!’ Sound familiar? Chronic worry proves you are trusting in yourself more than God and worry, like any other sin, needs to be dealt with.
Jeremiah said, ‘it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps’, Jer. 10. 23. So stop trying to control every possible outcome! Life is much more peaceful when you decide to stand on God’s word and trust Him, regardless of circumstances!
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