The Land of "What Is"
Read Job 38: 1-11 God questions Job
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Samuel Wagner, from California, had told his new roommates that the renovations to their rented apartment would be complete before school started. But there they were, with a week of online school behind them and still no apartment. Samuel felt responsible and blamed himself. What if he had communicated more with their landlord? What if he had found another place as a backup? What if, what if, what if?
It is easy to get caught up in the land of "What If," but as Samuel thought over scripture, he remembered the words from Jeremiah quoted above and God's words to Job, "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" (Job 38:2). Who am I to put my plans above God's? But when I dwell in the land of "What If," I put my own plans and abilities before my trust in God. If I truly believe that God has great plans for me, I should stop asking "What if?" and trust God.
Now, as Samuel sips warm coffee at the breakfast table in their completed apartment, happily moved in with his roommates, he tries his best to live in the land of "What Is" - the place where God lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the good plans you have for us. Give us the strength to trust you, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thought for the Day: I will trust God's good plan for my life.