an ideal day for God to tell you a secret.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NASB
God knows what we are going to say before we say it, what we are going to do before we do it, what we are going to think before we think it.
Well then, He certainly must know when we are about to say, think or do something that we shouldn’t or that will get us in trouble or cause us to harm ourselves or others, right?
Then why doesn’t He step in and prevent all the negative things from occurring in our lives? At the very least, why doesn’t He tell us what to do to prevent all of the negative things from occurring?
Actually, He will do both, but not without our asking.
And after we have asked comes the hard part: we have to listen to Him and obey Him. This is where the problem comes in for many of us. Far too often we develop a sense of entitlement and we simply expect things of God because we think we are leading the lives of good Christians. Because of that, God should step in and solve all of our problems and prevent us from doing harm to ourselves and others.
We become complacent and fail to recognize our duty to ask of God what we seek. This is our acknowledgement of need. When we admit to God that we cannot do things without His help, then we humble ourselves before Him. Like the proverbial proud male driver who is lost and will not stop and ask for directions, far too many of God’s children think that this thing we call life is easy and that we can negotiate our own way through it without Him.
To a certain degree, this is true. We can get through life without God.
The question is, without God, where will we wind up at the end of this life? There is also the quality of the journey through life to consider. While many of us may take the gifts and abilities given to us at birth and build a comfortable life for ourselves with many wondrous things around us to amuse ourselves and our friends, if we do not ask God how to use what He has given us for His glory, our lives will be empty, unfulfilling, and lead us to disappointment in the end.
The tragedy is that we won’t even know it until it is too late.
Avoiding tragedy is simple: ask God to light your way, point out the pitfalls blocking your path and show you how to make the most of the life and the talents He has given you and He will reveal “…remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NLT).
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson