Along the lines of working out our salvation found in Phil 2:12 … I want to send you to a little story that I pray brings encouragement.
There are a couple of things about working out our salvation while dealing with some difficult situations in our life at the present time that are unchangeable. That’s right. They are not changing and for the most part – they may not change. Hold on with me here….I’m not trying to fall into the abyss, and I’m not being a pessimist this morning. Because I know that Jesus Christ has the ability to do far more above what I can think or ask. But we’re on this journey together … of just working some things out. So what do we do with (temporary or permanent) unchangeable things. I’m not sure that I have the answer. Here is the only thing that comes to mind today.
I am reminded of Isaac in the bible (Genesis 26) who attempted to redig the wells of his father Abraham (he was working some things out). I’m sure redigging wells was not a simple task, and the more wells Isaac dug… it seemed, the more he encountered conflict. And we all hate conflict. It’s distressing and exhausting. With Isaac, people around him kept letting him do a lot of hard work but then they would step in to claim his territory.
Now I must admit that my first response to this was … why did Isaac not stay at the first well and just fight for what was his?
But he didn’t….he kept moving.
To the next well…
and the next….
Isaac keeps moving … and the Lord provides. I’m going to stop right here. Why, because I don’t want to give away the end of the story … I want you to go read it. I’ll go ahead and tell you, it’s in verse 22. (and I love this verse!)
I hope to pick back up on this topic later … but for now “that’s all folks”!