How Will God Do It?

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Too often we try to figure out how God will keep his promises.

Like predicting how the game Mouse Trap will work.   “If God turns this gear, then the ball will roll down this channel and trip that switch, which will turn that wheel, thus dropping the answer to my prayers.”  We try to imagine how God will provide.  “Let’s see, Joe owes me $50.00 and I have a birthday coming up – maybe Grandma will send me some cash.  And if I take a second job, sell my baseball cards, and quit giving to the church for a while…”  Sometimes we just can’t see how God will possibly come through for us.

We never consider that God can open the eyes of the blind with clay and spittle, he can work above, beyond, and even contrary to means…’Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain, yet the valley shall be filled with water’ (2 Kings 3.17).  God would have us depend on him though we do not see how the thing may be brought about…  — Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

God isn’t limited to the means and channels we can see for him to answer our prayers.  We may not see a cloud in the sky, yet God can water our thirsty souls.  God doesn’t need our company to give us money.  He doesn’t check polls and odds.  The disciples saw no natural means for Jesus to feed the multitudes but it wasn’t a problem to the him.  When Jesus needed money for the temple tax he told Peter to throw his line in the lake, and he’d catch a fish with a coin in its mouth.  Imagine Peter trying to figure how that would work.  “Let’s see, if I can get Zacchaeus to go out in the boat, and I ask him for some change, and he slips and drops a coin into the lake and I can get my line into the water quick enough…”

We trust God based on his promises, not on what we can see.  If we can figure it out, we don’t need trust.

If God has promised fire, we don’t need to worry if he has matches.  Our task is to ask and trust, not try to figure out how God will do it.

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  • Tom

    Thank you! :-)

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Tom!

  • http://www.worshipfulreader.blogspot.com Ron Reffett

    Hey there Mark,
    Great stuff today! I’m so thankful that I don’t have to figure things out, God is sovereign and I love the way you stated that, “If God has promised fire, we don’t need to worry if he has matches. Our task is to ask and trust, not try to figure out how God will do it. ”
    That is so true, we walk by faith and not by sight, God is so incredibly faithful even when I am so incredibly unfaithful. Thank you for this great start to the week!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Ron,

      How faithful our God is! Amen!

  • http://deekdubberly.com/ Deek Dubberly

    Timely. Thank you. Just preached on Matt. 6:19-34 yesterday, so this met me right where I’m at.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Deek!

  • http://www.asacrificeofpraise.wordpress.com emily

    Hey Mark,

    one of my chronic sin struggles is worry. (oh for the day that I’ll be freed permanently from this one…) Thankfully though, God keeps reminding me that the power of the cross is great enough even to kill that sin that often feels so overpowering.

    I find much comfort in the verses that say if God would take care of the sparrows and the lilies, how much more will He care for me. I’m glad He knows what’s going on in my little chaos-filled life.

    I’ve been listening to the audio version of the ESV Bible during my days at work. I have been so encouraged by seeing the faith of those who came to Jesus. I am praying that God gives me the gift of faith like He gave to so many in Matthew… those who said “after 12 years of being sick, I KNOW you can heal me… after a lifetime of blindness, I look to You in hope and faith… even the dogs get crumbs… I trust in You to provide for even me.”

    Oh, to have that kind of faith that does trust God can water my soul despite the “lack of clouds.” THanks for this post. Thanks for the reminder of who our God is… and that He is not limited by our lack of understanding.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Emily,

      God is so pleased with the way you are trusting him in the midst your suffering. Thank you for your example to me. You are bringing him glory. Thanks for your excellent comments.

  • Elaine

    Thank you for the reminder, Mark. I need to remember that despite the circumstances of our lives, from the small irritants (garbage disposal problems) to the seemingly overwhelming ones (a friend’s recent diagnosis of cancer), God is more than able to provide for His people – at just the right time, in just the right way.
    So thankful He is more than I can imagine.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Elaine,

      I agree, it’s so comforting to know that God is in control and cares about the big trials and small trials in our lives as well. Thanks for commenting!

  • http://myroadasitravelit.blogspot.com/ Sue

    Awesome post!

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Sue!

  • http://www.photosandquotes.blogspot.com YellerDaisies

    Once again, Thank You!

    I so often get consumed with “How will God work this out…” and it’s so obvious that I cannot see (and I am not supposed to see) how God will bring it to past. Sadly, often times I loose heart and I’m tempted to give up hoping. But, like you said, no cloud doesn’t mean that there will never be a cloud. :) Recently my mom was encouraging me with Luke 18:1-8. What struck her (and me) was that the parable was an encouragement to always pray and not to lose heart. Somehow I’ve missed that the countless times I’ve read this passage. I’ve found it so encouraging to remember that God knows my frame (no duh, He made me) and is patient with my doubt. He even goes a step farther and provides much encouragement in Scripture to instruct me to trust His faithfulness and not doubt!