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I Only Know God Is In Control
11/8/2013

For it is written:  “He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ Luke 4:10 (NKJV)

I remember drawing these pictures on a piece of paper as a child by connecting the dots on the page.  I always thought it was cool how you could simply draw one line and connect it with another dot and follow the number sequence, and when it was complete there would instantly have a picture of some animal or an object.

I find I still have a tendency to continue to apply the practice of connecting the dots.  It can be when I am trying to solve a who-done-it type show, or in just about any conversation for that matter.  I can listen to the person speaking and begin to put a picture together within my mind, as I connect the dots of information given.  I can often see a picture before I have been given all the information.

Unfortunately, there are times when this practice of connecting dots is a hindrance in my Christian walk.  For example, I can connect the dots of certain facts and then draw an improper conclusion, and these conclusions can bring a whole host of bad feelings such as anxiety, anger, worry and fear.  I think this happens with most of us at some time or another, as we can tend to allow our mind to wander when trials come our way.  The, “What if” questions start to surface, and we can quickly connect the lines to dots that don’t even exist yet.  Before you know it, we become anxious and conclude things we don’t even know to be true.

There is a story by Max Lucado titled, “The Woodcutters Wisdom,” and it illustrates this point very nicely.

Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, and its strength.

People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. “This horse is not a horse to me,” he would tell them. “It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend?” The man was poor and the temptation was great. But he never sold the horse.

One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All the village came to see him. “You old fool,” they scoffed, “we told you that someone would steal your horse. We warned you that you would be robbed. You are so poor. How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. No amount would have been too high. Now the horse is gone, and you’ve been cursed with misfortune.”

The old man responded, “Don’t speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know; the rest is judgment. If I’ve been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?”

The people contested, “Don’t make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse.”

The old man spoke again. “All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone. The rest I don’t know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can’t say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?”

The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought he was a fool; if he wasn’t, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.

After fifteen days, the horse returned. He hadn’t been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. “Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us.”

We can learn a lot by this story.  We don’t know what God has planned for us while we are here in our temporary body.  We don’t know the outcome of every trial, or potential change of fortune coming our way.  What we do know is God is in control.

Jesus said it best when he said this.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional about our potential problems?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting God is in control and will guide you through every issue. 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: We have trusted God with our soul and our eternal life, shouldn’t we trust Him with our temporary problems in our short time on Earth?

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank Your for Your protection of our lives.  Thank You for helping and guiding us through the tests, trials and temptations we continually face.  Help us to walk through these times and to take the proper path.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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