a God equation

I was running earlier and listening to a Steve Brown podcast on prayer.  I was reminded that God is not bound to do things the way I want Him to do it.  He’s not bound to answer my prayers the way I want or to do things my way.  He’s faithful to His promises and won’t deviate from that which is in His word, but He will not be confined to my formulas and equations of faith (e.g., 30 minutes of prayer + 30 verses read = 5 answered prayers).  I can do all the “right things” and God may still say no.  After all, He is God and He will do what is best and what will bring Him the greatest glory.

When I look at how and what God did throughout Scripture, I see Him doing crazy things  (burning bush, Jericho’s walls, talking donkey, Jonah in the fish, the Son of God dying a sinner’s death…you get the picture).  Point is, God is God and He will do what He wants, not what I want.   So I shouldn’t be surprised that His activity in my life isn’t as I would have planned it.  If I could direct my life, it would look more like a straight shot from point A to point B.  However, the picture of God’s direction in my life has been anything but a straight shot.  It has involved things that I would not have chosen on my own.  I would opt for the easier road given the choice.

God takes us to places we wouldn’t choose to go, yet in all these things, He is working out something far bigger than what we see.  He is working out eternal purposes through finite beings who have a finite understand and who, ironically, try to give direction to an infinite God (see Is. 55).   I often wonder what God is doing in my life.  My plans have pretty much been decimated.  But strangely enough, there’s a freedom in that.  As my expectations have been consumed like dry brush in a fire, I’m finding myself more open to whatever God has in store.  Much of the story has yet to be written.  So I eagerly await the next chapter, whatever that may be.  Thanks for sharing the journey with me.

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  1. Take time to celebrate Christ’s sovereignty and praise Him for who He is. Any thing we attempt to do other than that is “magic.” Ask Christ: “Am I stepping aside and getting out of Your way as You draw me closer, Lord? And am I yeilding more of myself today than I did yesterday? Be blunt with me, Lord, as blunt as you have to be to get my attention. Help my unbelief.”

    Stephan, your Dad will tell you I like to pick nits, and Matt will tell you I constantly parse his word choices, so let me challenge you not to look at the accomplishments of God in pages of the Bible through the eyes of the world. Why do I say this? Worldliness is revealed in your choice of words such as “crazy.” Next time try “I am awed by His burning bush,” or even “how like God to make a donkey talk, and not just talk but to actually make sense…”

    love yah, Kiddo
    Wesconsin Twin


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