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God Has the Power in Your Life

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 10:18, ” No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father. “

Background

” The eel doesn’t get her. Now I’m explaining that to you because you look nervous. ” As the grandfather read the story to his grandson, he noticed that the young boy was looking a little worried. The princess, the heroine in The Princess Bride, had been captured by outlaws who intended to kill her in order to start a war between two rival countries. As they carried her away on their ship, they became distracted, enabling her to jump overboard in an attempt to escape. Unfortunately, the waters into which she jumped were filled with huge, flesh-eating eels, whose shrieking grew louder as they approached their victim. Now it was at this point in the story when the grandpa paused, feigning his overprotective concern for his grandson, who had been rather dismissive at the initial idea of hearing the story in the first place. However, the boy settled back in, assured his grandpa that he was ok, and the story continued with the princess getting pulled safely back into the boat in the nick of time. Sometimes it helps to know how something is going to turn out beforehand. Removing that level of stress and uncertainty can make the occasion more enjoyable for some. They don’t want the tension and anxiety that builds to the climax. They much rather prefer knowing how it ends, which enables them to remain calm while all seems lost.

Application

Do you know how things are going to end for you? I don’t mean whether you know how your life will end, or where you’ll be afterwards. I mean things, the various activities and distractions that carry us from sunrise to sunset. Those interests that so consume us that we act as if we don’t know how it all ends, and Who is in control. Do you know that God has them, and there’s no need to worry? The eels don’t get them. Daniel knew it, Shadrach and company knew it, and Jesus knew it. So no matter how loud the shrieking gets, listen for the Shepherd’s voice. He knew His life would end, but He knew He would rise again. That’s really all we need to know.

Charge

As we seek Him today, don’t sweat the small stuff. In fact, don’t sweat the big stuff. Let God work it out according to His good pleasure.


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AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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