September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday is a series of posts, wherein I will on (some) Thursdays post a piece of writing from back in the day. Generally not from this blog. I will edit lightly for readability, but my intention is to allow each piece to stand basically as written. Over the years my mind has shifted on many things, as my knowledge of life, the Scriptures, and myself has grown. I'm not in the business of hiding this fact, so these will probably (at least on occasion) contain some things which even I think are crazy.

Originally posted on Facebook as, "Saturday notes...Part 2"
April 8, 2008 at 1:36am
Well, here's the rest of the verses I had on Saturday night, most of which I didn't get to.

*Ecclesiastes 3:1-"To ever thing there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."

Romans 8:28-"And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

Hebrews 10:23-"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

I think these are all pretty familiar verses, especially Romans 8:28. I guess I just have had all this stuff as "head knowledge" and not lived it out. I know in my head that God is faithful and will work things out to my good, so why don't I live like it? Why do I refuse to turn control of my life over to Him? It's just stupid and makes things more difficult. I guess it kinda goes back to the whole thing in Psalm 37 about not fretting.

*James 1:2-8-"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

I've started to realize of late how much of a double-minded man I am. I ask God for wisdom or strength, yet I keep on living frustrated. Why should I be worry when the almighty God of the universe is there for me? I should be praising and thanking Him for giving me the chance to grow and learn and draw closer to Him, and instead I'm frustrated and angry because things aren't going "my way". How stupid can I be? How much easier would it be to just follow God...to "let Him drive", as it were. That's all He asks, and it's the least I can do.

Hopefully these encourage someone, I know they've helped me a lot.



All the Scriptures I used are quoted from the New King James Version. Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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