Worry vs. Belief

“Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.” (Tim Keller).

When I saw this quote, it made so much sense. What a great definition! I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it difficult to trust God 100% of the time. In the process of writing my first book From Agnostic to Deacon, A Story of Hope and Conversion, I had the opportunity to look back over our life together as husband and wife and marvel at God’s (perfect) timing. In spite of this, however, I am human and therefore have that imperfect trust and anxiety, which will probably be there until I die. I have to remind myself again and again that God sees the entire picture, and because of His love He wants only what is best for me. In my limited view, I do not see things in their entirety. Something I want or think I need may turn out to be bad for me.

I find the following scripture very comforting when I am anxious. I hope you do as well:

Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 (NRSV)

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

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Psalm 139:16 NRSV

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
    all the days that were formed for me,
    when none of them as yet existed.

Imagine God thinking of us as part of His plan before we were born. Amazing, isn’t it? He could have created whoever He wanted, but He created us! He knew all our flaws and weaknesses, and He created us anyway. Wow.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

A Holy Calling

who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 2 Timothy 1:9 NRSV.  This passage reminds me of Psalm 139:16: In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

From these passages do you get the idea that God has plans for our lives and that He will give us the grace to do what He asks of us? Have you ever thought about what your ‘holy calling’ is? I believe also that–while there may be some dominant holy calling, holy mission that God asks of us–there are many smaller holy callings. This week I believe my holy calling is to write two different articles for an e-newsletter for a local charity. I have to put some ‘warm fuzzies’ in there and sound persuasive, not something I usually do in my writing. But, I also believe that if God calls me to it, He will lead me through it. I’m sure I will learn a lot this week about this process, and only God knows where all this will eventually lead.

I invite you to share something about one of your holy callings.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

You prepare a table before me (Psalm 23:5 NRSV)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Our enemies can take many different forms: from someone intending to harm us, mislead us, something unsafe like bad roads, unwholesome friends or bad habits. When we encounter an enemy, we need to look to our Lord to protect us, guide us, and provide for us. God knows the plans He has for us (thus He prepares the table before us). He wants only our good. Our cup might not be overflowing right now, but God will answer our prayers in His own time. In the meantime, we must keep the faith, be diligent in prayer, and not give up hope.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams