Union with Christ - Submitted to His Will - Tuesday, January 31st
Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:9-11
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are two things we tend to be rather slow about when it comes to really grasping the subject of “control.” The first thing is that in all our efforts to be in control, we never really are in control. The second is that when we come under God’s control, we have more direct involvement in the administration of what happens in our lives than we could ever have otherwise. Picture a sail on a boat saying to itself, “I am in charge; I am in control of this boat. I make this boat move and take it wherever I want it to go. Picture a glove saying to itself, “I am in charge, I am in control. I can pick things up, move them around, and do with them whatever I want. But with all the efforts of a sail or a glove to be in control, without the wind or the hand they are not very useful. But with the wind and the hand they are wonderful instruments that can fulfill important purposes. God made us to live life under His control. His control isn’t simply one where He tells us what to do and sits back waiting for us to comply. He fills us with His presence like the wind fills a sail or a hand fills a glove and He wonderfully helps us live life with our full participation. God calls us to submit our wills to His will and as we do we experience the wonderful adventure of becoming all we were meant to become and accomplishing all we were meant to accomplish because He is the One who is at work in us and through us and life is abundant and good.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I give up on wanting to be like the wind or the hand. Rather, like a sail or a glove, I give myself to you willingly for you to fill me with yourself for whatever your will and purposes bring my way. Amen!
Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017
by Ken Hart