Living Life God's Way 6/1/2004: Letting Go, Letting God
- +Living Life God's Way+
A man leaves all kinds of footprints when he walks through life.
Some you can see...others are invisible,
like the prints he leaves across other people's lives.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Letting Go, Letting God
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be
to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of
God's ways are certainly not man's ways. We need to remember that or
we may be like Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, who at times struggled with
what God was doing and tried to do what they thought should be done.
Sometimes the problem is a lack of patience. God promised Abraham
descendants. When children did not come soon enough, Sarah conceived -
not an heir but an error. Mankind still suffers the long term effects of
that decision. God's way was not as fast as what man wanted.
Sometimes the problem is a lack of imagination. Hagar could not
imagine staying when Sarah mistreated her. Sarah could not imagine that
at her age she would have a child. God's way was not imaginable to
either of them.
Sometimes the problem is lack of perspective. Abraham was told that
Sodom was to be destroyed (Gen 18). God saw the sin of the city; Abraham
saw a city worth sparing. Perhaps there were ten righteous people in it,
but evidently not. God's way was not the same perspective.
We can be patient, think things to be impossible and not see things
as God sees them.
Or we can study the Bible and learn God's ways. He works things
according to His timing and watches over us through even the hardest of
situations. Our determination must be that God's ways will be our ways.
Do not try to force God into your mold, but allow yourself to be shaped
by His ways.
Surrendering control to Him can be difficult but is best.
Faith Walk Devotional by Tony Beckett; 12/31/2003
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