Initially, somebody won’t understand and you’ll not be able to explain. Yet you are convinced it’s best...it will glorify God...it can be supported by scriptural principles...and it’s right.
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
Radical adjustments make waves, not friends. Heads sometimes roll and hearts often break. The uninvolved public seldom understands or agrees, especially at the outset.
As difficult as it may be for you to believe this today, the Master knows what He’s doing. Your Saviour knows your breaking point. The bruising and crushing and melting process is designed to reshape you, not ruin you. Your value is increasing the longer He lingers over you.
Take one of those many things that keeps dragging you under and search for a creative way to solve the problem. And don’t quit until it’s done...and that smile of relief returns to your face.
It takes guts to innovate, because it requires creative thinking. Thinking is hard enough, but creative thinking—ah, that’s work!
I have tried and I cannot find, either in Scripture or history, a strong-willed individual whom God used greatly until He allowed him to be hurt deeply.
With a well-worn leather sling and a smooth stone, and unbending confidence in his mighty God, David introduced Goliath and all the Philistine hordes to the Lord of hosts, whose name they had blasphemed long enough.
Some 10 miles away, a handsome, muscular teenager—the runt in a family of eight boys—was sent on an errand by his father. That innocent errand proved to be an epochal event in Jewish history.
Did he pull it off? Could a shepherd from Bethlehem assume command of such a nefarious band of ne’er-do-wells? Did he meet the challenge?
At just the right moment, precisely as God arranged it, in keeping with a plan we might dub “Operation Arrival,” enter Messiah.