The local chess club meets in a classroom near my classroom at our local university. I had to smile at some of the “trash-talking” going on in the hallway. These were nerds. Their “trash-talk” wouldn’t hold a candle to that of NBA players. One of them said, “Come on and play with the Big Guys. We’ll teach you.” See what I mean?
What I thought was amusing was that I never thought of Jeremiah “trash-talking” but 12:5 raced through my mind. He wrote, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” If we can’t be honest with the little things how can we expect to be honest when it’s big money? It is the little things that reveal the depth of our character. It’s tax time. I don’t need to say more about that.
When we are born God has plan A for our lives. It is to run with the big guys. But our failures, while forgiven, causes Him to change to plan B and then to plan C etc. For some of us He must be working on plan triple Z. He can’t trust us to run with the horses. Lest this sound way too discouraging and dismal please let me add that accomplishing any plan for our heavenly Father is a privilege and He loves us so very much He will never let us know about plan A. After all He loves us and never wants us to be disheartened or discouraged. And the greatest reward of all, eternal life, isn’t the fruit of some great accomplishment. It is a gift of His love. Please read the Ephesians 2 where Paul speaks of God’s plans for us.
Written by Roger Bothwell on March 26, 2012
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