The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Disappointments and Dangers"
What if some of the disappointments of our lives were actually dangers from which the Lord protected us? In some matters, we can be sure He refused to give us the deadly serpent we mistook for bread.
"I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses" (Isaiah 63:7).
What if God gave us everything for which we ask instead of acting in accordance with"mercies" and "lovingkindnesses?" How soon would we be destroyed? Very soon. While we know some of our real needs and worthy desires, many of our perceived requirements are based on woefully inadequate information. "We know not what we should pray for as we ought" (Romans 8:26). We have all asked for venomous serpents, perhaps in good faith, but in failure to perceive the fangs and the slither. Our Father of loving devotion and infinite understanding answers (or not) in both good faithfulness and consummate wisdom according to His perfect heart and mind. "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31).
The believer can and must give thanks for prayers unanswered no less (and sometimes more) than for the requests God granted. We may not understand how some glimmering baubles were actually jewels of jeopardy to our well being. However, we can trust our Father's perfect way in our lives as He is ever willing to disappoint us in order to deliver us from dangers we cannot perceive, but He does.
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us."
(I John 5:14)
Weekly Memory Verse
"But I trusted in Thee, o Lord. I said, Thou art my God."