January 11, 2010

Syncing My Calendar To God's

I have a Blackberry and a Google Calendar. They are supposed to sync. Usually they do. Sometimes something in the technical heavens goes crazy and I am left with a totally absurd calendar that does not reflect reality whatsoever. I am out of sync. The calendar I am receiving and the calendar that reflects reality are misaligned.

Sometimes God's calendar and my life's calendar are out of sync. I know 2 Peter 3:8 says "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." That plays into the "chronological misalignment" but there's something more to it.

What time frame do you put on the promises of God...is it a a week, a month, a year, a decade?
For example I enthusiastically and dogmatically tell people, "You can never outgive God". But do we expect the "give back" to be in a week, a year, or in eternity. Time frames matter to trustworthiness. God keeps His promises in His own time.

Now by that I don't mean to quench any zeal for believing the promises of the Word. On the contrary...God loves surprises. This year we suffered through a huge recession and many of our church attendees lost their jobs. We went as far behind as 16,000. But God shocked us by using His people to provide a MIRACLE December to end the year 60,000 in the black! Praise His Great Name!

But last year I was believing for a miracle December and we ended in the RED by a few thousand dollars. Did God NOT keep his promise in 2008 but then keep it in 2009? NOT AT ALL!

The overall promise is true that "You can't outgive God" but we must TRUST his time frames. When we are "short" do we deny the promise? When we are "surprised positively" does it mean that we don't have to keep trusting? NO! We just must "sync" our calendars to God's. His always is the MASTER CALENDAR!

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