Adversity

The very instant we experience adversity, doubt about God and His goodness come flooding into our consciousness.  Actually, at that exact time, we can turn from fear and know God is just working His purpose out.  It seems so easy to turn to discouragement but the Christ, Truth is just waiting for us to replace our thoughts about self and replace them with thoughts about God and our relationship to Him.  “Turn the other cheek” which could just mean look at the situation from a different angle.

Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declare the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  That verse is self-explanatory to me.  Don’t trust my thoughts  unless they are from God.  If we are entertaining negativity of any sort, we know that is NOT from Him and then, we simply and humbly ask to see what He sees, which is always His perfect child.  He also works out every detail and takes you all the way!  Not partially, but all the way.

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Limited Expectations

Some years ago, I attended a convention where, during the devotion, a true story was told about a famous golfer who had been commissioned by a Middle Eastern Shah to come over and teach him how to putt.  Of course, all expenses were covered and a large amount of money paid to him for this endeavor.  Afterwards, before returning back to the United States, the Shah asked the golfer what he would like to have as a gift and he replied nothing since he had already been paid.  The Shah then told him it would be an insult to be refused and once again asked what he would like.

Reluctantly, the golfer told him he loved golf clubs.  Several months had passed since the golfer’s return and from time to time he would think about golf clubs and envision sterling silver ones, or diamond-encrusted ones, etc.  Then one day he came home to find a certified letter from the Shah with a deed to a large Golf Club in a nearby state.  He was shocked and had never in a million years dreamed of a Golf Club!

As I was studying and praying this morning.  I realized just how limiting our prayers can be at times when we are outlining them,  and I thought about Isaiah 55:8-9 where it reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.   As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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