June 26, 2016
Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. As Finding Dory opens in theaters, this week’s issue looks at finding life’s direction.. (Just keep swimming!)
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God’s will is not lost: for those trying to find it
Are you wondering what God has in store for your life?
What classes should I take?
Should I marry? Whom should I marry?
Should I get a job and move out of my parent’s basement?
What job should I go after?
Now that I’m unemployed, what job should I go after?
Should I buy a new car or fix up the 1980 Pinto?
Should I move into assisted living or move in with my son in Peoria?
Should we pull the plug on Grandpa?
It would be great if God was still in the business of talking verbally to His kids. God talked with Adam and Eve in “the cool of the day.” He spoke to Moses from a burning bush and Mount Sinai. He talked directly to His prophets.
So, we sometimes feel we’re left in the dark. [Continue reading]
Back to the future
Since we can’t see one single nanosecond into the future, we back into the future, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have direction. I love what Philip Yancey writes in the booklet Guidance (Multnomah, 1983):
I had always thought of guidance as forward-looking. We keep praying, hoping, counting on God to reveal what we should do next. In my own experience, at least, I have found the direction to be reversed.
For me, guidance becomes clear only as I look backward. At the moment, my future is a big blur. Guidance becomes evident only when I look back, months and years later.
But wait. There’s more!
Cartoon of the week
Quips and quotations on questions
The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Hudson Taylor
When you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one. Meanwhile keep on as you are, and consider the absence of indication to be the indication of God’s will that you are on His track. As you go down the long corridor, you will find that He has preceded you, and locked many doors which you would fain have entered; but be sure that beyond these there is one which He has left unlocked. Open it and enter, and you will find yourself face to face with a bend of the river of opportunity, broader and deeper than anything you had dared to imagine in your sunniest dreams. Launch forth upon it; it conducts to the open sea. F.B. Meyer
“Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under the heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.” Sarah Young in Jesus Calling
Don’t look at the future—that can be frightening. Look back at all the ways He has provided for you. That’s faith-building. Steve DeNeff
Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.
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