Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014 “An Imprecise Science”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)

Good Morning Prayer Partners!

Later today, I have the solemn, sacred duty of officiating at the memorial service of a dear parishioner and friend. He lived a life in Christ, so the testimony I will bring will be the assurance we have as Christians of a resurrection to life in Christ and with Christ for all eternity. It is a sure and certain hope. Interestingly, his college degree was in the field of meteorology, a science that does not necessarily carry with it the same “degree” (pun intended) of certainty as does the assurance of salvation we have in Christ.  For example, just before the beginning of the hurricane season, weather forecasters were telling us that we could expect this to be a quite active, perhaps even record-setting season for hurricane activity. It wasn’t…not by a long shot. Forecasters called for significant amounts of snowfall in certain parts of the country. Some got it…some didn’t. It’s an imprecise science at best, and not a whole lot more reliable than the groundhog may be tomorrow, (though I, like a lot of folks, are hoping he doesn’t see his shadow). Things do not always go as expected in that field.  Drawing a spiritual parallel, it is unwise for Christians to decide ahead of time how and what the Lord is going to do regarding some prayer we have lifted up to Him. Humans cannot begin to fathom the mind of the Creator. Through Isaiah’s prophesy, God reminds us “my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,”. There are things about God of which we may be certain…things revealed to us in His Word. We can be certain of His steadfast love. We can be certain of His abiding presence. We can be certain of His promises. What we don’t know are the specifics of His perfect will for our lives or how He will bring it about, even in our praying. Oswald Chambers said,

“Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.”

Pre-deciding how the Almighty Lord is going to accomplish His will is far above our pay grade as human beings. At best, we may be like the meteorologist…getting it right on occasion, but never with absolute certainty. The best advice is for us to keep on praying and trusting that the answer God gives will be the best answer, whether or not we anticipated what that answer would be. Trust in God. H’ll always give His best. It’s His nature to do so. Let’s pray!

Holy, Inscrutable Lord; As we pray today, let us do so, not with prognostication, but with the expectation that whatever we pray, Your response will always be the perfect response and one that will bring blessing to us. This we do pray in Jesus’ Blessed Name. Amen

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