... a weekly letter of encouragement.
7 January, 1998 - Singapore
WHY DOES IT OFTEN TAKE A CRISIS BEFORE WE ARE WILLING TO TOTALLY SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO GOD?
- A disintegrating marriage
- One of our kids in serious trouble
- A failed business venture
Am I correct in hypothesizing that the more talented we are, the more difficult we find it is to depend upon God?
After all, if we can "make things happen" why would we need to totally trust God?
Apparently the massively gifted St. Paul shared the same struggle, armed as he was with a pedigree background, the equivalent of two or three Ph.D's, and political connections that would be the envy of any power broker!
SO GOD, IN HIS COMPASSION DISCIPLINED PAUL BY BRINGING HIM TO THE BRINK:
"We do not want you to be uninformed...about the hardship we suffered...We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death...
"But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God..." (2 Cor.1:8,9)
So...if you tend toward cool-headed self-reliance that pushes God to the edge of your daily experience, hold on to your hat: Your loving Heavenly Father is committed to using or arranging the tough circumstances of life to teach you,
"NOT TO RELY ON YOURSELF BUT ON GOD."
Let's just hope that the damage to ourselves and others before the turn around is not irreparable!
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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