Read Psalm 20:7 and Isaiah 31:1 and consider how these verses might apply to your life.
When a crisis hits, what’s your first reaction? How can you train your mind to see things in the light of God’s Word rather than through your human eyes? (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
Our kids often come home excited to tell us the interesting things they’ve learned in school. So when our 9-year-old asked me if I knew how to balance a book at least an inch high off the counter on just a sheet of paper, I knew there had to be a logical explanation though I couldn’t envision it. Taking out a sheet of notebook paper, he folded it lengthwise several times, and then, after coiling it, he rested the book on the folded paper. As I watched, I thought about how far my ideas had been from the actual solution.
Reading Scripture, I can see I’m not the only one who deals with limited sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). In an account of miraculous provision, Philip’s solution was limited to what he could conceive in his human understanding (John 6:7). Misunderstanding the purpose of Jesus’ question, Philip didn’t realize that Jesus didn’t need Philip’s input because He was short on ideas. He wanted to know the source of Philip’s hope. Like heat applied to gold, Jesus’ question served to rid Philip of the dross of self and bring him to a place of dependence on God. Jesus didn’t expect Philip to meet the need; He expected him to trust. God was and is more than enough.
When life brings us to those places where the solution eludes our grasp, we can look around frantically and in panic cry out to God regarding His injustice in forcing such a thing on us. Or we have the option to lift our hands in surrender, stake a claim on what we know God has done in the past, and rest in the unchanging nature of His character and love (Psalm 9:10). He can “accomplish infinitely more than” we can see (Ephesians 3:20).
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Job 2:1-13
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