Grace For The Journey
Those of you who have lived for a few decades – or perhaps you like to watch the “T.V. Land” channel – may be familiar with the 1950s hit sitcom that sprang out of a popular radio show, Father Knows Best, which portrayed a middle-class family living in the Midwest. The father was played by Robert Young (you may also remember him from Marcus Welby, M.D.), who was the picture of wisdom as the head of his family. His three children would always come to their father when they needed advice on anything.
Today’s message is not about a fictional father on a television show, but it is about our true Father. God our Father really does know best, and He delights when we come to Him seeking wisdom, understanding, and advice on any subject. He also delights when we trust in Him, even when His counsel is contrary to our plans. His understanding is limitless; His wisdom knows no bounds; His plans and purposes are perfect.
Think back over your life and consider a time when you were disappointed your plans did not come together. At the time, perhaps you could not understand why. But God knew why, and He kept your plans from coming together because He had something far better for you. I simply cannot count how many times in my life has God showed up and delivered me from my agenda, only to deposit me in the middle of His.
The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord established his steps.”
Looking back now over my life, it is both astonishing and humbling to see what God has done. It never ceases to amaze me what God can and will do when I get out of the way!
So . . . where in your life today is God establishing your steps in a direction you had not planned? No doubt it makes you uncomfortable. It can even be a little scary! But your heavenly Father knows best and He will not stop short of giving you His best.
Listen to these precious instruction from God’s Word . . .
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 19:25)
Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why.” Only in following God’s plan for our lives will we ever figure out the why. And that means we will be living surrendered lives. We surrender to the One who created us and what He created us for, following obediently wherever that leads, regardless of the cost or circumstance . . . even when it leads us in a direction we could never have imagined.
God led the Israelites to the Red Sea after freeing them from bondage. With the Egyptian chariots thundering up behind them, the situation looked absolutely hopeless. But God the Father knew best, and He displayed His power for all the world to see. The Israelites walked across the Red Sea on dry ground, but the pursuing Egyptians were swallowed up by it.
When God is leading the way, the way is good when it seems bad . . . right when it seems wrong . . . best when it seems the absolute worst. Sometimes the long road is the best way; at other times the rocky road is the best way. Our Father in heaven is calling us into the adventure of a lifetime in following His plans for our lives.
Are you willing to let go of the reigns and allow God to direct your steps? Only the power of the Gospel frees you to live for something bigger than yourself . . . or more accurately, Someone . . . and that Someone is Jesus.
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
God the Father knows best, and He has your best interest in mind, regardless of what you are going through. And you will actually get through what you are going through and come out the other side! Your heavenly Father will not forget you . . . He will not forsake you . . . and He will always be faithful to you.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”