The Glass Cutter

Friday, February 7, 2003

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Has the pitch of some huckster impressed you to the point that you had to have the product they were selling?

I remember sending for a combination knife sharpener/glasscutter that would sharpen any knife razor sharp and cut glass into all kinds of fancy designs. When delivered, it never quite lived up to my expectations. It became part of the supply of useless things we had lying around the house.

Life is sometimes that way. We will get a big ego investment into an event, a friendship, or a relationship, and it does not seem to work as planned. As we begin to mourn over our failure, we find we are right where God wanted us all the time. Always, when we put our trust in Him, things work out the right way — His way. His way is not always our way, but it is always the best way.

Turning things over to God involves putting our trust in Him — not making up our own mind and then asking Him to sanction our decision. In such a case, what we may interpret as God's will could be just wishful thinking on our part.

Placing complete trust in God means that, when failure seems inevitable, God pulls something better from the ashes. Success comes through having the courage to wait on the Lord until He gets His turn at bat. As human resources are exhausted, there is nowhere to look but up. At the end of our rope is the opportunity to know God's presence in a wonderful way.

Prayer: Father, may we never be so foolish that we quit before You have Your turn at bat. May we trust in the assurance that Your way is always right. Amen.

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