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Escaping the Rut of Want

Escaping the Rut of Want

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A Daily Devotional
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Published by: BibiOlu on Aug 23, 2013
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Lysa TerKeurstMarch 28, 2013 “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) Fourteen years ago I was stuck in a rut of want. There was an opportunity that looked sopromising. A publisher expressed genuine interest in my writing. It seemed to be right. It felt right.I wanted it to be right. It must be right! But it never came to pass. In my most mature moments I reasoned, “It wasn’t meant to be. I trust God and believe in Hisperfect plans.” In my not-so-mature moments I wondered, “God, this isn’t fair. Why do You keep saying no?  And in my immature moments I whined, “God, do You care this hurts me?” Have you ever been there? Ruts of want are tough places to be stuck. When God says no, we are sometimes tempted to wonder if He loves us. In reality, it’s becauseHe loves us, He sometimes says no. Read that last sentence again and rub it into your heart. The hurting part. The part that throbs andaches when you see others getting the exact opportunity you want. You fake a smile to hide thepain. God brought this change of perspective to me through a baking disaster that happened to myyoungest daughter Brooke. She came to me at 9 o’clock one night and asked if she and her friend could bake a cake. Hope, Brooke’s older sister, had offered to help and I was too tired to argue the incessant pleas
of a nine-year-old. So, the girls began to bake. Brooke measured and poured, whipped and stirred, and carefully placed a batter-filled cake paninto the oven. Then she turned on the oven light and watched the cake bake. Her cake becameher whole focus. She couldn’t stop looking at the cake and grew increasingly impatient with theslow-passing minutes on the timer. Nothing kills patience like solely focusing on the object of your desire. And tragically, impatiencebecomes the breeding ground for compromise.  About 30 minutes into the 45-minute baking time, the cake looked done. It smelled done. Brookeand her friend wanted it to be done. She reasoned it must be done! Hope helped retrieve the cake and placed it on the counter to cool.  And it wasn’t long until the cake imploded. The cake couldn’t withstand the pressure of an undone center … and neither can we. If we obsess over the cake and make it our whole focus, character atrophies. If we make growingin godliness our obsession and keep our focus on God, our character matures. And a maturecharacter makes for a solid and well-done center. I thank God every day for every “no” He has graciously allowed and continues to allow in my life.Our key verse Proverbs 16:3 teaches, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he willestablish your plans.” Through placing my focus on God, I have embraced His plans for me, and Itrust that a “no” from Him is really a blessing. I used to pray, “God, let me, let me, let me!” I now pray, “God, please never let my success outgrow the character necessary to handle it.” Indeed, it’s because God loves us, He sometimes says no.

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