This is a devotional I shared last week with the staff of Family First. I hope you enjoy it.
National Geographic: A search for would-be stars called brown dwarfs has yielded something even more elusive: a potential orphan planet.
Some four to seven times the mass of Jupiter, the wandering planet orbits no star, a team of French and Canadian astronomers reported last week.
About a dozen such untethered orbs were identified more than a decade ago in the Orion Nebula. Since then the pool of candidates has grown to several dozen.
These orphaned planets reminded me of a lot of people today. Wandering with no light, no center, shiftless, purposeless, directionless, dead.
As Christians, of course, we revolve around the Son and look to Him for life and light. He controls our orbit. We trust in Jesus for our eternal salvation and destiny, but what about in our day to day walk?
Huge decisions face us in our lives. It’s enough to get us paralyzed with anxiety, but what a gem, a promise we have from God:
James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
You can have the wisdom of God for any situation you face simply by asking for it. That’s it. Just ask. Believe. It’s done. But, as CS Lewis says, we always seem to make God the last option, to our huge detriment.
Tim Keller relates a story about chaplain who got a call at 3 AM to rush to the local hospital because a man absolutely had to talk to him about God. When the chaplain arrived to the patient’s room, the man apologized for waking him up with his urgent call. “I don’t need to talk to you anymore, Chaplain. They mixed up my x-rays with someone else’s. I thought I had terminal cancer. Instead I just have a bit of swelling that will be better in a couple days. I don’t need your services.”
How typical. Only turning to God in extreme situations. My encouragement to you today? Don’t be like that. Live a Godward life begging and pleading for His wisdom for all the different decisions personally and professionally you need to make. Believe me, none of us are wise enough or morally pure enough to know how our lives should turn out. Let’s rejoice that God has promised to give us the wisdom we need to choose rightly, and let’s live lives so we are clearly led by Him. This is my prayer for you.