Mastermind

We usually associate the word “mastermind” with someone who is considered a genius intellect. It is someone who can plan, organize, and direct a project of some sort. As long as it’s our idea and we are the “mastermind,” we don’t seem to mind. We might even go along with it, if someone else is leading the project, if we believe that they know what they’re doing and we agree with their methods. Then, there are the times when. . . .let’s just say, we disagree. Maybe we don’t understand “why” we’ve been asked to do something. Perhaps, the task is “outside our comfort zone,” and we’ve have a “better idea” of how to do it.

Friends, when it comes to God’s Word, this is a dangerous thing. We need to let the mind of the Master be the master of our minds. God created the world and everything in it. He knows what is best for us. So, why do we question His authority? I often say that “Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one, but God didn’t ask me for mine and He didn’t ask you for yours.” It doesn’t matter what we think – it only matters what He thinks. I may not understand His plans. I’m sure that Job didn’t understand why he was going through what he suffered. David cried, “How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?”(Psalm 13:1-2). Like David, we might not understand why things happen as they do, but we must put our faith and trust in the Lord, as Jesus prayed, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

We must be careful and not try to take matters in our own hands, like Jonah, when he tried to run away from God’s command to go to Nineveh and ended up spending three days and nights in the belly of a great fish (Jonah 1:17). Saul thought that he knew better than God when he spared the life of Agag and allowed the people to take of the spoils of the Amalekites. He was going to use the spoils to sacrifice unto the Lord (I Kings 15:20-21). This is when Samuel uttered those haunting words, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (I Kings 15:22) Yes, God is the mastermind and we must follow His Word, trusting that His way is not only the “best way;” it is the “only way.”

May we be willing to let the mind of the Master be the master of our minds. Simply blessed, Courtney

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