My Misguided Plan
Theme of the Week: Stretched by God
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 12:5-11
For the first dozen years of my spiritual journey, I believed in Jesus but pretty much did what I wanted to do. I pictured myself becoming the first person in my family ever to get a college degree. I pictured myself becoming a wildly successful businessman and provider. I was sure that God had "sent" me to do all these things. But while [I believed] my intentions were noble, my worldview was really one of selfish ambition, not humble surrender.
When God finally had my attention, it was like I had run into a giant swamp of refrigerated molasses. I couldn't move. For the next two and a half years, I tried my best to get out of it, but I was stuck. All during that time, I was reading God's Word, and he was speaking to my heart. He started working some things into my character—and working some things out of my character too.
Men, if I had actually caught what I was chasing, I am almost certain that today I would be divorced, alienated from my children, filthy rich, eaten up with pride, mean as a snake, and bitter. What at the time looked like God letting me down was [actually] God saving my life.
—Patrick Morley in How God Makes Men
My Response: Are my life goals driven by selfish ambition or humble surrender?
Thought to Apply: The purpose of God's discipline is not to punish us but to transform us.—Jerry Bridges (writer, leader in discipleship ministry)
Adapted from How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, growth happens most often in times of stretching; please give me the grace to humbly submit myself to your will—even when it hurts—and let you transform me into the man you want me to be.
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