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“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.”        Thomas Merton

Can you relate to this thought? Do you sometimes wonder what God’s direction is for your season or even your life?

This thought is not coming from a spiritual lightweight, but Thomas Merton! A giant in the faith!

Greg Garrett shares this thought in his book, No Idea: Entrusting Your Journey to a God Who Knows.

He shares how discerning the will of God for our lives is always a challenge.

“…any attempt to know what God is trying to tell us is complicated by the fact that God rarely writes down his desires for us on a slip of paper and hands it to us.”

We casually toss around the word grace in so many ways. Saying thanks before a meal, a name on a church, or a greeting in the Bible.

There are both common and specific forms of grace.

Saving grace is very “generic” (not cheap but similar for all). Grace for life is where it becomes unique.

Grace enables

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” 1 Corinthians 3:10

Paul is speaking of a specific grace given to him for the completion of the job God had for him.

We use words like calling, leading, prompting, or the will of God. We know these things are unique.

Here Paul says this is the specific grace given to aid us in doing what we are made for.

How often does some form of this bargaining plea cross our minds?

“God….If you ______, I promise to ______.”

Fill in the blanks with our chosen sign to give us the direction of the Almighty.

We seek after prophetic words. A well-known prophet is in town and we attend hoping to hear some direct line of communication from God himself, revealing something we’ve never considered.

We play Bible roulette with our questions. Our Bible flops open to a passage designed to inspire our future actions, only it reads some obscure passage about judgment on Babylon. Take two. Try Again!

We’ve even developed “Christian” words for this practice. We put out a “fleece” because that is what Gideon did in Judges 6.

Let Hope In

December 15, 2013

Hope connects to so many other topics. In his book, Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever, Pete Wilson hits on many things, so much so there will literally be something for everyone in this book.

He touches on how hope can be hindered by our past, by guilt, shame, and regret.

He also speaks of many attributes which can promote hope in our lives. Things such as trusting god, forgiveness, and love.

The one which challenged me the most is that of gratitude.

Whenever I see things about this topic, I am drawn to them as a magnet is drawn towards steel. I believe it is because this is an area of my life I could grow in.

My wife says I can be negative. I tend towards saying I am realistic. But if I am honest, I know she is right. (wives usually are)

As we seek to follow God, ultimately queries about being in His will come up. What does God want me to do with my life?

We engage in a lot of activities to discern the direction of the Almighty.

  • We ask.
  • We look at all life’s circumstances and try to discern the best path.
  • We set out “fleeces” saying things like, “God if you do this (or that) then I will know this is right.”

Sometimes our methods turn into downright manipulation or magic.

A little seeking, a bit of fasting, some prayer and wise counsel, and “Poof” we know His Will.
We attempt to make deals with God saying, “God if you show me this I will live for you forever!”

No amount of deal brokering is foolproof. There are no magic spells consisting of good works which always produce the desired result.