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Strive for the Will of God, Not the Convenience of Man

Let it be Him you want and not just His blessings.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 7:6, ” This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. “

Background

Our vacation last week began with the drive to the Outer Banks. As our journey reached its final hour, my wife decided to call the complex and enquire as to our exact lodging arrangements. You see, six days prior, her mom, who was with us on the trip, had experienced heart attack-like symptoms and spent most of two days in the hospital. But when she called, the news was not what we had hoped for. Each of the rooms for our party of twelve was on the third floor and, the attendant said, the only process for changing any of them would have to be done via the reservation company. After an informative but not so helpful call to that outfit, we learned that the resort could in fact make changes, and so that became our hope for the results of our check-in. As we kept this unfortunate news from my mother-in-law, my wife began to feel the weight of the burden for making her mom’s stay even possible, much less enjoyable. And all I could do was remind her that God was big enough to take care of our room situation. Shortly thereafter, as I discussed our dilemma with God while pacing the sidewalk as my wife checked in, she emerged in tears, still saddled with third floor accommodations, and having now to reveal this to her mom. After several minutes, hers spent explaining what she had been through and failed at, and mine spent wondering to God why this had to be this way, she and her mom went back to use the restroom and finish signing the papers. As they entered the office, I couldn’t help but think that something was going to happen. And when they came back through those doors, there were tears again, but this time they were tears of joy. Her room was now on the first floor.

Application

We praised God for taking care of our dilemma. All of us do when things work out for us. But He could have chosen to keep things as they were, or worse. Those stairs could have caused an unfortunate incident requiring major medical attention. And then what? Would we have blamed God for not changing our room, or trusted Him in the midst of adversity? Would our hearts have been in the right place even when God didn’t intervene? Jesus didn’t desire the cross, but His heart was in the right place, and God was eternally magnified. Where your heart is, rather than what your circumstances are, will determine what you ultimately experience.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let it be Him you want and not just His blessings.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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