Be Still Know
Matthew 6:13 NLT
‘And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.’
None of us welcome unanticipated and unwelcome challenges into our lives. I have hoped that my commitment to Christ might be sufficient to ensure I avoid unwanted pain and distress in my life. However, life has not turned out that way, so what am I to conclude?
Is God incapable of protecting me from apparent harm? Is God the source of evil and temptation? The questions keep on coming. I am surrounded by attractions that are not wholesome. I have had to plumb the depths of my own personal resolve and discover the degree to which I will choose to acknowledge God in difficult circumstances and decide to keep walking beside him, even when all I experience is beyond my understanding.
The prayer to avoid being led into temptation is a wise and precautionary prayer. It’s a statement that I choose not to entertain damaging thoughts nor pursue a seed thought through to a full-blown, unhealthy and unhelpful action. It is also a cry that I might avoid times of trial that test my confidence in me as well as God.
Having journeyed with Katey along the road of MS, I would continue to say, ‘If only another route had been available.’ Yet, having fallen onto this road, and after much screaming and kicking, both Katey and I would say that it opened us to a fresh insight and experience of the reality of God. I recognise, yet have no understanding as to the why, that this journey that nearly broke me at the same time opened my eyes to more of who I was, strengths and weaknesses, as well as enabling me to journey deeper towards the heart of love that is God.
God is our provision in winter as much as summer. God’s critical purpose is to draw me into close encounter with the Divine. At times this is along an unwelcome pathway, yet throughout our passage along its winding way, God offers sustenance and becomes my entire provision in life’s desert.
QUESTION: On what path has God brought you?
PRAYER: Lord, your ways are not mine but I choose to trust your way.