Petition (Ask for your needs)
Read: Romans 8:32; Psalm 84:11; Psalm 56
I’m sure we all know the saying that “hindsight is 20/20.” Most of the time, it’s in reference to a choice we’ve made that may not have been the best, but we don’t realize it until the moment has passed. I think it can also be used when looking back at how God has used situations in our lives to teach us, grow us or lead us to a certain point.
Philip Yancey said, “I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” For a control freak like me, it’s difficult to reach that place of vulnerability and release the reins. But, I have to remind myself that the same God who orchestrated the plan of salvation can also be trusted with my needs. With perspective like that, it’s crazy that I thought I could ever manage on my own.
I love the comfort found in passages like Psalm 56, particularly in verse 8: “Record my misery; list my tears on Your scroll–are they not in Your record?” We learned Sunday that human nature is to respond to trials with anger, guilt or cynical despair; but because we are adopted as sons and daughters of God, He knows and cares about our anxieties and fears. We can call out to Him in the midst of the trials and be confident that His plan is for our good.
Pray: God, help me to remember that although I can’t see the big picture – You can. Every trial and victory in my life is purposeful in making me into who You created me to be. When I am tempted to respond with anger, guilt or cynicism when things don’t go my way, fill me with joy instead. I’m so glad You’re in control. In Jesus’ name, amen.