It stunned me when I actually heard from my own prayerful lips: "Father, I confess that just because I think something is so, it doesn't make it so. You alone know the end from the beginning. Forgive me.".
Long after those words had left my lips they returned again-and-again in a swirl around my brain like a tennis ball in a clothes dryer. Why oh why had I prayed that; and in that way?
Surely I believe God's word ~ His inerrant word; His recounting of creation & history, His granting of an understanding of His own plans & purposes, His vast sum of promises, His prophetic landscapes? Indeed, yes. No question. No doubt.
So what's the rub here?
I wish I had a complete answer for you.
In truth, I'm still catching the swirls & filing them into some brainiacy facsimile of the Dewey Decimal System. At times I find a item that I filed under a section or a division, when all along it belonged in a class by itself. Conversely, I am tempted to make up a class that's nothing more than a division.
Worse, I have
The scriptures remind me about & caution me against the folly of flesh that is so common to man (and woman), and that so easily ensnares & corrupts:
For I delight in the Law of God according
to the inward man. BUT I see another
law in my members, warring again the
law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members.
~ Romans 7:22-23 NIV
Since, then, we do not have the excuse of
ignorance, everything connected with
that old way of life has to go.
It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it!
And then take on an entirely new way of life
~ a God-fashioned life ~
a life renewed from the inside and
working itself into your conduct as
God accurately reproduced His character in you.
Ephesians 4:22-24 Msg
Anyone's that's been to a library benefits from Dewey's organizational skill. They also know the lunacy of not following the system's protocol: You may never find or see your item again. Ever.
How would one know if they'd fallen victim to such a badly conceived notion? I don't know about you, but in my case it's that I find, at some point (and not always right away), that I'm wrong. Dead wrong.
Thinking, especially wishful thinking, is not faith. Nor is Magical Thinking (a very real disorder). Faith truly is in a class all by itself, and all my thinking may or may not belong to the section or division beneath it. Sometimes it is God alone who knows what is mis-placed, mis-guided & mis-directed, or that needs to be removed entirely from my mind, my thought-life.
So, my friends, there you have it. Clear as mud, right?!! Probably ... but this isn't:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve
what God's will is ~ His good, pleasing
and perfect will.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose
minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord
~ the Lord Himself ~
is the Rock Eternal.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh and
strength to your bones.