Friday, February 26, 2010

God's View is Better Than Mine

Mark 10:35-40 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”


James and John told Jesus, “I want you to do for me whatever I ask.” I laugh when I hear that statement because it sounds so much like our society today. Instead of us doing what God wants, we want him to do what we want.

Jesus was gracious to James and John and asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?” I believe he will do the same for us today. Sometimes we receive answers to those prayers because they are what he also wants for us, but there are occasions we hear, “You don’t know what you are asking.”

Even though I do pray for specific things, I have told God to never give me anything out of line with his perfect will. I do believe just like those places beside Jesus are prepared for certain ones, there are also places prepared just for me. I may not know where they are or what they look like right now, but I don’t want to miss them by focusing on the wrong things.

The other day we were driving down the road and saw a couple of balloons overhead. The people in these balloons could see the roadway in every direction for quite some distance. Our view was limited. If there had been traffic problems ahead, the balloonists would know it before we would. They could see any accidents ahead and would know how to navigate through any construction along the way. God also has a better view. He knows which road we need to take and any turns we need to make along the way. We just need to ask for direction.

Join me in trusting God to navigate your life today.