When an evil man dies, all hope is lost, for his misplaced confidence goes in the coffin, buried along with him. Proverbs 11:7 TPT
Have you ever misplaced something? I got up and searched the entire house once, but couldn’t find the coffee! I finally remembered I had stopped at H Green Market and bought and ground it, leaving it in the back seat of the car. I stepped outside, opened the door and there it was, the scent of it lingered in the car for days. I carried it into the house and added it to the filter, flipping the switch, I listened while the water pumped up onto the grounds.
I stood there with cup in hand, impatiently waiting for enough coffee to run into the pot so that I could pause the process long enough to satisfy my taste buds, knowing that it would make the rest of the pot a little bit weaker. Oh well, totally worth it! If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll understand.
I was suddenly reminded this morning of how many times I’ve misplaced my confidence in God. Incidents and events that seem to knock me off my feet, causing me to lose sight of my very large God. I search for Him through a maze of problems, fears and failures only to discover that once again, I’ve made them all bigger in my mind than He.
I don’t think I’m alone in my thinking. Perhaps as you read this, you can relate to my insight. I don’t believe it’s merely evil men who misplace their confidence, but those of us whose focus has shifted from there to here, heaven to earth, from God to man. It’s as if a wedge has been driven to try and separate us from that deep and enduring Love.
The realization of what I’ve allowed to happen brings grief to my heart. I hang my head in shame and try not to look up, knowing I don’t deserve His mercy, but seeing it offered, neither can I turn away from it. Suddenly I feel His hand under my chin, raising my head so that I see His eyes shining, hear Him whisper, “You are mine! Nothing will ever separate Me from you!” That misplaced trust I felt moments before is shattered and I run into His embrace.
Creator of the universe, how silly of me to even think You’re not aware of what’s going on in my life. I magnify You, Your name is above all else.
Forgive me for misplacing Your position, for humanizing You, for after all is said and done, You’ve ordered my steps, surrounded me with loving kindness and tender mercies. Your grace is always enough to keep me running back to You for more.
“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17).
And so I end my eventful week. With all the tornados of life, You have rescued me yet again by reminding me how small my problems are compared to You.
Grateful In The Finding,