Today’s Reading: Job 23:1-27:23 (additional reading: Psalm 41:1-13 and Proverbs 22:5-6)
An old dog fell into a dry well. The farmer heard the dog yelping and went to look. He sympathized with his loyal dog, but then he started to haul a large wagon of dirt to the well and, shovel by shovel, began to fill in the well with the dog still inside.
The dog saw what the farmer was doing and got hysterical! After a few shovels of dirt came down and landed on the dog, he shook really hard and he noticed that the dirt fell on the floor of the well. So, every time the farmer threw a shovel full of dirt down, the dog would shake it off his back and the floor would higher. The more dirt that came down, the higher the floor became.
After about an hour of this, the dog stepped out of the well and licked his master’s face, happy to be safe and secure again. What seemed like total defeat actually turned out to benefit the dog; all because of the way he handled it. If he just sat there he would have got buried alive, but instead, he moved into victory and freedom.
When we go to God, we must remember something very important, we want the problem fixed even before we say “Amen”, but God will fix the problem in His time, not ours. He will fix the problem His way, not ours. God will fix the problem once and for all – if we give Him the chance and the glory.
God is never late. However, God’s timing is different than ours, and so is His focus. He is focused on what is best for us “eternally” and we are focused on what is best for us “instantly”. God always ultimately knows what is in our best interest, even when the circumstance seems strange to us.
How has what seemed like a moment of total defeat became a moment of freedom in your life?
Father, Thank You that Your ways are so much higher, so much better than our ways. Help us to rise above the dirt and difficulties in life and into the higher places of freedom with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.