August 8, 2016


Psalm 138:8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O Lord, endures for ever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

The NIV supplies “his purpose” in this verse, but the Japanese simply says, “The Lord will fulfill everything concerning me.” It might be splitting hairs, but I like that better. We tend to think of “purpose” in terms of goals and objectives, but the phrase in the Japanese includes even the mundane details that we are tempted to think God isn’t involved with. Jesus made it clear there’s nothing God isn’t involved with, when He talked about the hairs on our head being numbered. (Matthew 10:30) With that awareness, David asks God not to abandon what He has done, but he does so in the context of God’s eternal grace and love. Much of our praying ignores the fact that God never changes, and that He is love itself. (1 John 4:8) It is only when we get that firmly rooted in our hearts and minds that we can genuinely relax in the assurance that God will fulfill everything concerning us. There is a lot in the world currently that doesn’t please God, as He has assured me personally, but when we proactively submit ourselves to Him in trust, all the evil plans of our enemy are foiled, turned around to bring blessing instead. (Genesis 50:20) If we trust God enough to thank Him for His solutions before we see what those solutions are, we avoid the majority of the emotional suffering involved in any problem we face.

This is certainly close to home for me. Like anyone else, I tend to get resentful when things don’t go as I desire. That wastes so much emotional energy and is negative all the way around. I need to remember that God’s love and grace are eternally unchanging, and trust Him indeed to fulfill everything concerning me. It’s for sure I can’t do it right on my own! Today we’ll be setting up a photo show that will run for the next week. I’m not to be uptight about any of it, and particularly about what I won’t be able to do because I’ll be at the gallery all day every day, but rather rest, relax, and rejoice in the assurance that God will indeed fulfill everything concerning me, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that in several ways we’re better prepared for this show than most we’ve done. Thank You for reminding us of a few other details this morning. Help us be obedient to You in taking care of what is our responsibility, without being uptight about things we can’t control. Thank You for Your plans for this week. May they all be fulfilled on Your schedule, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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