The ticking of our truck’s hazard lights beat a cadence only a little faster than my pulse as we waited for roadside assistance. A blown tire on the mowing trailer (and a useless jack in the truck) had sidelined our plans for a productive Friday afternoon on the mowers, and I could see that this delay would mean my do-list for the day was going to need some adjusting.
Planning ahead, maintaining a list–these are behaviors that have served me well, but when the wheels come off my plans (quite literally!), it becomes obvious that my confidence has been resting on the fulfillment of my goals, on my ability to generate check marks, and on equipment that does what it’s supposed to do. A quick inventory of what I know to be true about God reminds me that he is not surprised by the flat tires that deflate my plans for a productive Friday.
God Wants Me to Depend on Him
Instead of relying on what I can see with my eyes or do with my own hands, God wants me to depend on him. He wanted King Asa of Israel’s Southern Kingdom to depend on him as well, and even sent prophets with special words of encouragement to help him along, but, in the end, King Asa chose to rely on the Syrian army. Thinking it was a force he could reckon with and feel good about, he engaged their help in defeating Israel rather than simply trusting God as he had in the past–with good results.
Following the battle, the prophet who came to King Asa with words of rebuke from God ended up in prison for his trouble, but you and I can learn from the mistakes of the past:
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.2 Chronicles 16:9
A “blameless” heart depends on God and receives “strong support.”
When unforeseen contingencies bring a mandatory halt to your well-planned day, take a deep breath and, then, take a dependency inventory.
Who or what is your “Syrian army?”
A way of life?
A ministry you do well?
Beware of allowing God’s provision to take God’s place!
Taking inventory along with you today,
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