Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer 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.”
(Jer 29:11) He has the perfect plan. All we have to do is trust and obey.
It’s easy when we are progressing, growing and living out of abundant supply. But do we still believe his plans are better than ours when nothing makes sense and our lives seem to be falling apart? How can tragedy be part of God’s plan? How could the stripping away of every comfort be the act of a loving Father?
As the plane ascends into the sky, and we are temporarily lifted out of life on earth, my daughter observes, “The world looks like a toy play set and we are giants.”
She is absolutely correct. We are giants with extraordinary strength because the God of the universe has taken up residency in all who believe in Jesus. He traded my sin for his salvation and my weakness for His strength. Just like a giant, I don’t fit into the world’s design. It may strip me of comfort and rob my natural possessions, but I am still a giant. My strength remains. I am peculiar because my citizenship is in heaven. I am a visitor here pointing to my eternal home. I live a giant life, through the power of my giant God.
Things are very clear from up here. Why do I so easily lose sight of these truths when my feet are on the earth? How do I break the cycle of “conforming to the patterns of this world” when I land?
The world tells me to right the wrongs by utilizing its resources and the wisdom of man because God’s plan is not working. Paul instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so we will be able to test and approve God’s perfect will. If you want human results, rely on natural resources. If you need a miracle, giant restoration begins on our knees. The renewing of your mind begins with agreement with God that his plan is better, and it matures through a stream of consistent decisions to think on God’s ways instead of natural wisdom. This requires continuous reading of His Word and reciting his truths until they become your supernatural reaction to life’s struggles. Be reminded, this is impossible without the power of God.
Here’s an example. When I am in need of restoration, my human focus is on my loss. My giant response is “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Rom 8:18).
How are you dealing with loss?
How could your Giant respond?