Life Formulas

Published on Oct 8th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Life Formulas

Life Formulas

Even though we know that you can’t define life by a formula or an equation we still love to try and live our lives by them.  For instance, we believe that taking responsibility and working hard will result in success in life.  A plus B equals C.  An equation.  Here is another one.  Be nice to others and others will be nice to you. Great formula except that we know, even as we say it, that it is not always true.  It is not necessarily wrong to base our lives on some of these formulas.  It is what the book of Proverbs is all about. Bits of wisdom that give us the best possibility of seeing a certain outcome. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” is Proverbs 22:6.  We understand that God is speaking in generalities here.  This is not a 100% guarantee, but godly wisdom that gives our children the best chance to choose to live righteously (especially in the area of money if you read the surrounding verses).

Another formula that believers have based most of their life on is this one:  God promises, we believe, God fulfills that promise.  No believer would dare question the validity of this formula.  All through the Scriptures we are told that God always keeps his promises.  He is THE TRUTH.  Even though we know that formula is true we still struggle at times.  Maybe our struggles would be less if we viewed the formula this way:  God promises, we believe…God fulfills that promise.  Those three dots would remind us that although God does always fulfill his promises – he does so in his timing.

For David those dots represent eight years of running around the desert while Saul remained king and tried to kill David.  They represent anywhere from 50-120 years (depending on who you argue with!!) for Noah as he waited for rain.  In Genesis 12:4 and Genesis 21:5 we learn that Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the fulfillment of the promise for a son.  A lot of life is lived in 25 years.  Sarah was counting down her biological clock and it was way past her time to have children.  Abraham had to endure the disappointment of his wife as each month trudged on.  The promises of God are always fulfilled but think about it…those three dots can represent years of faith and trusting.  They represent myriads of days in which you get up in the morning with a fresh hope that today is the day that God fulfills his promise and then go to bed knowing that today was not the day.  Doubts and evil thoughts begin to fill your head as you question if there is something you are not doing or did God really promise?  Maybe you begin to do like Abraham did; you try to help God fulfill his promise.  You begin to use human means to accomplish what only God is able to accomplish.  I would encourage you to remember the three dots.  They may represent a number of years but they are only three dots.  God’s promises are always fulfilled.  You can bank on it.  You can base your life on them.  You can make decisions with confidence that God will fulfill that which he has promised.  Even if it is years, and we have seen in the Bible it is often years, we can walk by faith because God always keeps his word.

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