Too often, I have formulated scenarios in my mind that seemed good enough to be pleasing to God, only to discover He was not at all impressed with my ideas. The simple truth is no humanly formulated plan is sufficient for the Almighty; our cleverness is no substitute for His wisdom and perfection. Because of His great love, He will not commit His blessing to something harmful or foolishly conceived. On the other hand, He patiently works with my insufficiencies, and through His grace and mercy, great things are accomplished. Gracious Father, I am amazed by Your goodness and longsuffering. You turn my weaknesses to strength, my confusion to insight, my darkness to light and my messes to miracles. And as if that were not enough, You allow me to share in the joy of Your work. LORD You are good and Your mercies endure forever!
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.