BY Max Lucado
You have to wonderóif Godís most merciful act is His refusal to answer some of our prayers! We piously ask for His will and then pout if everything doesnít go our way.
The problem is not that God doesnít give us what we hope for. Itís that we do not know the right thing for which to hope. Hope isnít what you expectóitís what you would never dream. Itís a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-Iím-dreaming ending. Itís Abraham adjusting his bifocals so he can see, not his grandson, but his son. Itís Moses standing at the promised land, not with Aaron or Miriam at his side, but with Elijah and the crucified Christ.
Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed. Itís far greater than that. Itís a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks!
From God Came Near
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)
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