DayBreaks for 12/11/15: To Him Belong Outcomes
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2005:
Deut. 29:29 – There are secret things that belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we may obey these words of the law. (NLT)
In the December 3rd issue of World magazine, Andree Seu wrote an article titled “The Next Thing” in which she talked about a woman who had learned to deal with the uncertainty and haphazardness of a busy life. The woman has 5 children – and if you’ve got children, you know what a challenge one of them could be – let alone 5! Yet, all indications to the contrary, this woman lived a very calm and peaceful life. Ms. Seu found that this woman, named Laurie, had learned to separate the events of life into two categories: the things she can and must do something about, and the things that she cannot and must not do anything about, because they are the things that belong to God, not to humans.
As we draw closer to the time of Christmas, things are likely to get hectic for all of us. This is one of the very busiest times of the year for ministers. It will test us all to the max if we let it. Here’s Ms. Seu’s thoughts on the matter: “Am I too busy these days? Discouraged over duties left undone? I will preach to myself that there is only one priority – the glory of God – and under that the several duties. When these things come flying fast and thick, I will do triage and decide what should come “next.” It’s God’s problem, not mine, to orchestrate the universe and make it all pan out.
“Am I fearful? Fear is a focus on phantoms of the theoretical future. But the future is God’s, not mine; mine is only the present moment. I am fearful because I’m thinking I have to live the rest of my life. But I don’t. I only have to live the next five minutes. To me belongs obedience, to Him belongs outcomes.”
If we could only focus on that last sentence – if we could only learn to leave to God the things, secret and otherwise, that belong to the Lord our God and not try to make them “ours,” we’d be much better off. We’d have fewer fears, our discouragement would tend toward undetectable levels and we’d know that God is firmly on the throne.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we are so prone to trying to take over the things that we have no business trying to control. We try to take Your place and we forget that it is Your role to determine and decree outcomes – and that our job is to obey. Give us obedient hearts, Lord, not hearts that challenge Your domain and responsibility. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.