Once a week, a buddy and I carpool to work. Before heading into our separate workplaces, we take several minutes to pray. Over the years, one of our recurring prayers is for God to open doors for us. You see, we’re both somewhat intense people, prone to “striving in the flesh” to accomplish what WE think needs to get done.
Seeking to accomplish things is good – attempting to do so in our own strength – not so much! As someone in the second half of life, I can hear the clock ticking in the back of my mind. The Lord knows I genuinely desire to impact lives for Him in my remaining days. But, sometimes that zeal can get the upper hand, and in ‘John Wayne style’ I begin to kick open doors He never intended. Perhaps even worse, I fret that I’m not “doing enough.” So, I press harder and harder, not to win more of God’s love or approval, but to accomplish more for Him.
So a verse like the one below causes me to take note.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8)
If there was ever a guy who accomplished a lot for God, it was the one who wrote those words – King David. Yet, in the ‘busyness’ of pursuing God and ruling a nation, David realized that it was God who was responsible for fulfilling His will. The original language indicated that God would “complete His concerns” in, and through, David’s life.
What a great reminder. God still knows what concerns Him. He knows what He wants to accomplish in, and through, our lives. He will bring it about as we walk with Him in humble surrender. Since God will open the doors He wants us to walk through, we can cease striving in our own strength. –Dave
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