Monday, 24 March 2014

What Will It Take?

“Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Mark 9:24

I really get exasperated with myself at times.  Sadly in my early years as a Christian I was fairly oblivious to God’s working in my life.  I know He was, I just don’t remember acknowledging it very often.  As I’ve matured, a nicer way of saying gotten much older, I’ve tended to be keenly aware of the times God is intervening in my life, and yet…  And yet what?  Granted my experiences haven’t been the equivalent of seeing a burning bush; or living through ten horrific plagues; or seeing a large body of water part but God has done some incredible things in my life.  So what will He have to do to make His presence so indelibly etched in my mind that I quit fretting when something isn’t going according to my time table?

Within the last three weeks we have put our home on the market.  Is there any doubt in my mind that the Lord is omniscient, i.e. He knows we want to sell our home?  Is there a doubt that He is omnipotent, i.e. there is nothing He can’t do, including bringing a buyer to our door?  Is there a doubt that He is omnipresent, i.e. He is in the here and now and well aware of our situation?  NO doubt!

Okay then why am I obsessing daily when we don’t get a call from our realtor with an offer?  This is a little like the Biblical “I do believe Lord, help me overcome my unbelief.” 

Bottom line it is all about me.  My desire to bring closure to this uncertainty.  My desire to quit living in our home as though we weren’t living in our home.   Now you might come to the conclusion that the One who is omniscient and omnipotent, not to mention all loving may have a better insight as to the perfect time when the home should sell, for how much and to whom.

My guess is that you are either going through something right now or you will be going through something which will challenge your patience.  You too will assume that you know best, that God should answer your prayer based on your time table.  Most likely He won’t!

I think it is called trust and faith and after all isn’t that what we as believers are called to exhibit?

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