Day Twenty-One: Praise Challenge

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If you love a good movie, today’s praise challenge is for you!  Pull out your popcorn and get ready to be inspired!

A certain character in a book written by George MacDonald made a bitter statement once:  “I wonder why God made me.  I certainly don’t see any purpose in it.”  Maybe you have wondered the same, on occasion?  What’s it all for, anyway?  All this trouble, all this pain, all these days that don’t seem to yield much more than frustration and fleeting moments of joy?  Maybe it doesn’t all seem to add up for you quite yet.

Don’t worry, this is a common thing among the human race.  We’re all in such a hurry to get somewhere and become something, but all along the way, our hearts are in dismay, wondering if it’s all going to add up to anything worth much in the end.  It’s like a fast-paced, suspense-filled movie production, and we’re all waiting to see how it’s going to turn out.

Mr. MacDonald anticipated and so spoke to this dilemma of the soul through the response of another character in his book.  The reply is one which, if we allow it to, brings quietness to the heart:

“Perhaps you don’t see any purpose yet, but then, He isn’t finished making you.  And besides, you are arguing with the process,”  said the wise soul.

You and I must learn the secret of patient faith:  remembering that we are in process.  It is not only true that we are not finished yet (which means there remains a purpose we can’t yet see), but it is also true that the Good Lord promises to finish and perfect all that He has begun in our lives.  

He never abandons His work.  He never throws up His hands and walks away from the potter’s wheel, even when we deserve it.  He gives His Word that it will all make sense in the end.  Everything that pertains to you and I – even the pressures and the pain – are a part of His molding and shaping us into an image, for a purpose, greater than we can imagine (Philippians 1:6; Psalm 138:8; Ephesians 2:10).  This – the story of our lives – will end well!

That, my friends, is a reason for the heart to rejoice today!!  What we see and what we feel are not the end of the story.  There is a process in place, and that process is authored and empowered by the Spirit of the living God.  No matter how much we mess it up, we can’t ruin it.  His purposes will surely prevail (Proverbs 19:21).

All the more reason, then, that we should use our energy to praise rather than resist.  For in praising, we will be led into deeper trusting, and in deeper trusting, we will be led into more cooperation.  And as we cooperate, yielding to His plans and purposes, the process will be less difficult than it needs to be, and we will sooner see the perfection of His work in our lives.

Be blessed today as you set out to watch your story unfold, and to celebrate the fact that you know the ending will be well worth the suspense of the moment.  He Who has called us is faithful, and He will do it! (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

 


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