EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN IN YOUR LIFE

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“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33 NIV)

We waste time trying to understand God.  We never will.  If we accept that fact, we can embrace the unknown.  Instead of fearing the future, we can look forward to it in anticipation of what God will do in our lives.  Letting God’s will unfold in our lives means letting go of what we want. 

Let go, let God!

A few weeks ago during a prayer meeting, we discussed the unexpected.  The pastor talked about how none of us know what the day ahead holds.  This statement comes from a man who was shot five times, his son murdered while finishing a bathroom for a homeless veteran.  Serving the Lord on a Friday morning and tragedy befell them. The first thing he did when he woke up in the hospital was ask for his Bible and books on heaven. He gave that morning to God. I have never known a man of greater faith than my friend Mike.  He let go and let God.  

Each day we have the same choice.  We can choose to hold on to our unanswered questions, or we can accept God’s sovereignty in our lives:

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deut. 29:29 NIV)

Mark Batterson, a pastor I follow, introduced me to the “Deut. 29 File.”  In one of his messages, he told how he created this file for unanswered questions.  When something happens in his life he doesn’t understand, he writes it down and puts in the Deut. 29 file.  He knows, just like my friend Mike, he’ll never know the answer until he gets to heaven.  By putting the question in the file, he’s able to let it go and keep going.

Some people have jars for their unanswered questions.  They keep paper and pen handy for times when they don’t know what God is doing.  By writing it down and putting it in the jar, they are letting it go.  The physical action helps let go emotionally.  Personally, I have a journal and  a prayer board I use.  I post my prayers on the board until God answers, one way or another.  

Take time to find your own way to let go and let God.  For one friend, long walks in the woods is her time to talk to God.  For another friend, her art is her connection to God, each stroke releasing more and more to Him.  The ways to let our worries go to God vary greatly, but the connection is always the same: prayer.  Let go, let God!

Question of the Day:

What do you need to let go of today?

Further Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21NIV, Romans 11:13-36 NIV, Psalm 22:1-18 NIV

Proverbs 20:7 NIV

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