Dealing with the “if-onlys”

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The other day I didn’t have time to post this, but I read this on January 14 from Paul Tripp’s “New Mercies” devotional.

I needed to hear these words on the day I read it, and I need to hear these words today. I’ve been playing the game of, “what-if’s” and “if-onlys”…

“Don’t be discouraged today. You can leave your “what if’s” and “if only’s” in the hands of the One who loves you and rules all things. Even though you’re a person of faith who has acquired some degree of biblical literacy and theological knowledge, there’s one thing you can be sure of — God will confuse you! There will be moments when you simply don’t understand what is going on. In fact, you will face moments when what the God who has declared himself to be good brings into your life won’t seem good. It may even seem bad. You will never understand it all because God, for your good and his glory, keeps some if it shrouded in mystery. He knows, he understands, he is in control of what appears to be chaos. He is never surprised, he is never confused, he never worries or loses a night’s sleep, he never walks off the job to take a rest, he never gets so busy with one thing that he neglects another, and he never plays favorites.”

Lord, burn the truth of Isaiah 26:3 into my heart…”You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

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