Fatherhood and military leadership are both sacred trusts that cannot be taken lightly. Both require higher principles of honor, sacrifice, and complete devotion to a greater cause. And for both of those missions, the greater cause is served best by getting both the small and the big things right. Unfortunately, we are often not smart enough to know which ones we should focus on, which is why we need our regular download of wisdom and spiritual power from God in our daily prayers. Praying and meditating on His Word are absolutely essential in living a successful life and in knowing which balls to focus on in our sometimes chaotic juggling act of responsibilities in life. The good news is that God will share very generously in His Guidance and Wisdom if we only spend time with Him and submit to His Will on ALL THINGS in our life. As Jesus said in John 15:5, “Without me, you can do nothing.” We’re just not that smart and shouldn’t pretend that we are. This is why it is essential that we relinquish control, that we let go of our grandiose plans that will fail anyway because they are not the right plan and would not be what’s best for us, that we admit to God that we don’t know what we are doing, and that we subsequently submit to His Guidance so that things can get repaired in our lives and can run smoothly the way they are supposed to. Only God is big enough to make that happen.
I have seen too many men and women fail in their family lives and in their military responsibilities because they pridefully “thought” they knew what they were doing. Moreover, I’ve seen too many of such failures because, while we operate in our own ignorance and our own power, we focus on the wrong things and get it all jacked up. The most important of things is to love those around us and to serve them as best we can, and they, in turn, will serve us as best they can, if they belong to Him, are spending time in prayer with Him, and are listening intently for the Master’s Still Small Voice which tells them the right thing to do. But all of us are “works in progress” for our Lord in this sanctification training program of His throughout our lives. Many of us, sinners and saints, are operating in ignorance and willfulness to some degree. This must be trained out of us. As Paul put it so eloquently in 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter), "For now we see in a mirror, dimly" (verse 12).
What Paul meant was that we have such limited understanding in this world of what is true, right, and good. God spends a lifetime trying to teach the ignorance out of us. So even Christians are ignorant. We’re just a little less ignorant than those that are unsaved, outside of our spiritual family.
The big difference between us and the unsaved is that a piece of God’s Holy Spirit (however big or small, depending on how much submission and effort we put into the relationship with Him)—nonetheless a piece of God’s Spirit is within each and every one of us, the believers, so that there is always going to be some progress toward good and truth, even if it is not discernible to us or to others around us. Even if we are pit-bull stubborn and willful about what how we want to live our lives and what we want to be and do, God will eventually wear us down and overpower us with His Measureless Wisdom, His Infinite Power, and His Boundless Love. And when He does wear us down and get us back on the right track, we will be glad that He did, realizing just how wrong we were to begin with. But God will never give up on us no matter how bad we screw things up. Scripture tells us, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).
More on this topic tomorrow. I pray that you will be blessed to know God’s Plan and His Will for your life and that you will yield to His Way which is infinitely better than anything you can dream up.