Devotional – Willing Blindness

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Thanks again Mom for my “Jesus Calling” devotional. It’s awesome. From today’s reading “If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. — It is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength, but Mine, which is limitless.”

So often in life, I see obstacles and suddenly, my focus shifts from allowing God to work through me, to figuring out how to conquer the problem myself. I easily forget that regardless of what I see or feel, the Lord has it under control. At no time in the history of the universe has God said “Wow. Didn’t see that coming.”. Yet, the fear of the unknown, or sometimes knowing exactly what’s coming paralyzes us from continuing to walk in God’s path for our lives. We think just because we cannot understand, our Father doesn’t either. I was talking with my husband last night about God’s plans and Zack said “I just don’t get it.” “Me either” I replied, “But I’m sure glad I don’t. Because if I could understand God, He’d be pretty lame.”. I mean really. Do you actually want God to be someone you can wrap your finite mind around? I sure don’t.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I wish I knew what God was doing. When I look back at where I’ve been I realize just how clueless to the Lord’s plans I really am. But that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Like a great movie with a twist ending that comes out of nowhere and leaves you sitting, jaw dropped absolutely astounded that such a perfect plot could be so unexpected — that’s how God works. We cannot hope to see all that He has working together. The truly amazing thing to me is that I’m part of His plot. He beckons for me to jump in and take part in the work He’s doing. Although I may not know how it’s all going to turn out, I can rest assured that it’s going to be incredible, beyond anything I could think of myself and absolutely perfect.

The key is, am I willing to walk by faith and not get hung up on all the difficulties? Do I trust God enough to respond to His prompting in my life, even when it doesn’t seem to make any sense? Will I dare to step forward and live a life beyond my own abilities? I tend to use the gifts God has given me as a crutch, aware that those talents are from Him but still attempting to succeed in mere mortal strengths. Rather than limping along in my human weakness, I should turn my frailty over to the Lord and witness the use of my faults to achieve His great and mighty plans. Walking in faith requires a willing blindness to all but God’s vision for my life.

Lord, help me to turn my eyes towards you. Believing in faith that your plans, although beyond what I can fathom, are perfect. Help me to let go of the need to understand, and instead be willing to just trust that you know exactly what you’re doing. Thank you that my successes are not in my own meager might, but in your unlimited strength.

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