you ever worked hard to fight for something
that has already been promised to you? I have.
It took an incident with my son the other day
to help me recognize my tendency to strive rather
than trust in God's promises.
our family, the front seat of the van is a much
coveted position. That's the way it was when
I was growing up, too. Though we all wanted
to sit up front, my brother always got that
special seat because he managed to convince
my parents he would get sick otherwise. My kids
are no different except that none have a car-sickness
job is to remember whose turn it is to sit up
front. Christopher, our second oldest, sometimes
has difficulty believing that he'll get what's
been promised to him. He worries that if his
older brother gets there first, he will have
to fight to get the front seat, or lose out.
other day when we were getting ready to run
some errands, I told Christopher it was his
turn to have the front seat. He immediately
rushed out the door to get to the van before
anyone could take this seat away from him. His
older brother, sensing Christopher's insecurity
and relishing the opportunity to antagonize
his brother, rushed out ahead of him, causing
Chris to believe his spot was in jeopardy.
I arrived on the scene, a fight was in progress
over the still locked door handle to the van.
Chris was determined that if he didn't get in
first, the front seat would be lost to him.
As I tried to calm them down I said, "Christopher,
didn't I say that you could ride in the front
today?" He nodded. "Then you have
nothing to fight for. It's yours. No matter
who gets into there ahead of you, the front
seat has been reserved for you. Relax."
we drove off with everyone in their assigned
seats, I thought about what I had said to Christopher,
and realized how I needed to apply those words
to my relationship with God. Often, I strive
to try and work to try and gain that which has
been promised to me by my heavenly Father.
is helping me understand that no matter who
seems to be receiving their promises first,
no matter if it looks like others are ahead
of me, and even if I have to wait until my door
is unlocked and everyone else is in their proper
place - God's promises are mine and my Father
has reserved them for me at the right time.
God has given me - and you - promises from His
Word. And nobody can take them from us.
don't need to strive, I simply need to trust
Him to do what He has promised, even though
it may not happen in the time frame or manner
in which I would like. I'm reminded of the Bible
verse, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust
in him and he will bring it to pass" (Ps.
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