Often we may be tempted to do what Abraham did and take matters into our own hands, instead of trusting God explicitly. But, this can only result in the production of an Ishmael, which, although God may still bless, will mean trouble for us and cause us to deviate for a time from our primary God-given goals and purpose. However, when that happens, we may be assured of God‘s grace in getting us back on track. May God ever keep us from producing Ishmaels. But if we do, may we run to him for his mercy and grace and know that he is still in control and we will not be remembered by him for our Ishmaels, but for our Isaacs--the fruit of our faith.
I would like to include here a quote of which the author is unknown. I have used this quote in my ezine and I see it sometimes on the wall of clinic to which I go. I used to have this taped in front of me on my desk, but my wife, in cleaning up must have taken it down and I forgot about it. It takes faith to follow this "quote." the comments at the end are not mine, but those of the original publisher. Here it is:
I am God:
Today I will be handling all your problems.
Please remember that I do not need your help.
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.
Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box.
All your situations will be resolved,
But in my time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed in the box,
Do not hold onto it by worrying about it.
Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.
I have found time and again, that when I surrender the worry to god, I not only feel a huge weight lifted, but the solutions of the problems seem to effortlessly flow toward me. Let go and have solid faith in God.
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