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The Good Life…The Traveling Vagabond – Day 7


Our modern American theology has a few things backwards.  We have determined that God’s will is in full alignment with our desires of success, comfort and to gain the things we have our eyes on. If God loves me, and I am a pretty good person, this will equate to getting good stuff and everything working out in happy and easy ways.

If that is true, than God owes 10 out 12 of the disciples who died martyr deaths an apology.  If that were true, God owes the apostle Paul, who was frequently beaten for sharing the gospel, an apology.  If that were true, the many missionaries who gave everything up to share God’s love for their entire adult lives, yet saw few earthly results, an apology.

A dear friend, Wayne Harris sent me a word of encouragement today from the writings of Oswald Chambers.  One thing that stood out was: “His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself.”

Don’t get me wrong – I fully believe God has some cool plans for the Hopler family, and yours as well.  I just feel compelled to be cognate of a few things:

  • Get over any sense of entitlement, God does not owe me anything
  • Get over any control issues, my role is to be faithful during the tough times, and rest that God has my back – even when things are not making sense at the time.
  • Enjoy the crazy seasons where my normal forms of security and rhythms are all messed up – because God is working out His purposes in me

Trust me, being a 49 year old vagabond was not my plan for me and my family.  Yet I am learning to rest, because the good life is found in the cool things He is doing in my life.

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