1848) No Way Out?

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By Rick Warren, posted May 2, 2018, at:  http://www.pastorrick.org

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     You may think you’re at a dead end in your life.  “We’re never going to get out of debt!”  “I’m never going to have a baby.”  “My dream is never going to come true.”  “How is it ever going to work out?” 

     Right now it may look dark and you may feel defeated and things may seem like a mystery to you.  But one day you’re going to see in the light of eternity how it all fits together in God’s plan.  Until then, there are three errors you need to avoid as you seek God’s will — and as you avoid these errors, you will develop deeper trust in God, even when you don’t understand.

     1. Don’t be fatalistic. The idea of fatalism — the idea that everything is out of our control and we are powerless to do anything about it — leads to self-pity.  It causes us to blame God for everything bad in our lives rather than accepting responsibility when we cause problems.  And fatalism leads to passivity.  It makes us think, “I’m waiting on God to bring me a spouse” or “I’m waiting on God to get me a job.”  God’s saying, “I gave you a brain!  I gave you two feet!  Get out and do something about it!” 

     2. Don’t be frustrated.  If you try to figure out everything in your life, you’re going to be very frustrated.  Sometimes you’re going to do what you think is God’s will, and it’s going to fail.  “I thought God was leading me to start this business, but it failed.”

     What do you do when there are no answers?  You keep trusting God, knowing that he’s working on your character through all of your circumstances and that he has good plans for you.

     3. Don’t be fearful.  What is behind the fear of God’s will?  The root problem is that you doubt God’s love.  The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18 NASB).  We always get into trouble when we doubt God’s love, because when we don’t trust him, we don’t obey him.

     Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord . . . When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand” (NASB).

     God’s will is an expression of his love.  When you don’t understand what God is doing, have patience.  God knows what’s best for you.  You can’t see the end result, but he can.  God’s path might be a path of pain, but all those delays and difficulties and problems are building character in your life. 

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Romans 5:1-4  —  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Hebrews 5:8  —  Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.

Psalm 119:67…71  —  Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.  It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

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Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m alone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

–Thomas Dorsey  (1899-1993)

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