Mar and I were having one of our many â€˜round table discussionsâ€™ the other day, this one regarding ministryÂ concerns. Like so many other people these days, our discussion was specifically in regard to finances. To tell theÂ truth, doing what we do, our income fluctuates greatly depending on whether we get a â€˜love offeringâ€™ or a â€˜likeÂ offeringâ€™, what gas prices are, how much product we sell, and how many bookings we have in a given month. WeÂ could never have appreciated just how much money it takes to not only run a full time ministry on the road, but toÂ maintain a home that we are often away from, while birthing new material through expensive CD production…Â until… well, here we are!
Now, I am the â€˜big picture schemerâ€™ of the two of us, whereas Mar is the â€˜micro-organizerâ€™. It kinda works out greatÂ for me, because I get to dream big, but she is the one who tries to figure out how to make the big dreams happen.Â That being the case, she is more prone to be aware of and worry about all the … well… the micro…. things andÂ bring them to my attention. This is what led to the round table discussion regarding our finances.
We ended up discussing worry, and how worry leads to fear, and fear to inaction. Our conversation then naturallyÂ turned from worry and fear to their opposite: faith. Iâ€™ve heard preachers say â€œFaith is a verbâ€. The truth is, youÂ cannot â€œdoâ€ faith, as if it were a verb. Rather, faith makesÂ youÂ do (James 2:18-26). Mar, always the logical type, saidÂ that itâ€™s all well and good to say “Don’t worry. Have Faith!”, but you canâ€™t just â€œhave faithâ€, and therefore stopÂ worrying. Youâ€™ve got to have faith in some thing.
Now we got stumped. What must the specific object of our faith be when we are tempted to indulge worry and fear?Â God, of course, but specifically, what part of His nature? We combed our Bible verse memories and after a fewÂ minutes, the verse â€œPerfect love casts out fearâ€ came to mind. We had never really understood what this verseÂ meant, practically speaking. We got to talking about it, and realized that the only one with perfect love is God. GodÂ loves us perfectly — absolutely, with nothing held back. Because he loves us perfectly, He has a perfect plan for us,Â a plan meant for our greatest good. The problem is that â€œHis ways are higher than our waysâ€ — a perfect planÂ cannot be understood by imperfect beings. As beloved children of an omniscient Father, we can rest assured thatÂ regardless of where we find ourselves, God is active in our pain and in our problems, and will (not “can”, or “might”,Â but WILL) bring about our greatest good.
Until the day comes when God Himself will take us by the hand and tell us what His plan was and why He allowedÂ what He allowed in our lives, we cannot know all that He is doing. But we need not live in worry and fear because weÂ donâ€™t know exactly what He is doing. We can rest in the knowledge that He loves us with a love that knows no limitsÂ and has no dilemmas. He has always been and always will be faithful. Period. How simple is that?
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, ThyÂ compassions they fail not. As Thou has been, Thou forever will be.
See yâ€™all down the road,
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