"But when it pleased God. . ." Galatians 1:15
As workers for God we have to learn to make room for God - to give God "elbow room." We calculate and estimate, and say that this and that will happen, and we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never looked for Him to come? Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. That is the way to make room for Him. Expect Him to come, but do not expect Him only in a certain way. However much we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that at any minute He may break in. We are apt to over look this element of surprise, yet God never works in any other way. All of a sudden God meets the life - "When it was the good pleasure of God. . ."
Keep your life so constant in its contact with God that His surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes.
Am I leaving room for God? Or am I just taking it my way and forgetting that God might have a better plan?
James 1:2-3 (New King James Version)
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."
James 1:2-3 (The Message Bible)
"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors."
When trials come what do we do? Do we say "Oh no!" and get frustrated or do we say "Oh boy!" and "How interesting" and use the trial to learn and grow? It makes a big difference what you attitude is and what you think and say when something comes up.
So next time something comes up and you are about to say "Oh no" stop and say "Oh boy! What can I learn from this, how will I be a better person when this is over?" It really helps ;) trust me I have tried it and it is amazing how God works it all out!