The Way of the Lord
The following words were scribbled more than a century ago by a Confederate soldier during the Civil War:
“I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for but everything that I hoped for. Despite myself, my prayers were answered. I am, among men, most richly blessed.”
Sometimes we want and expect so much out of life. We think strength means I can do more. But sometimes it’s in our weakest moments that we learn the most, and maybe teach others a little something too. We think health means I can accomplish more, but often times, it’s in our sickness that we learn to draw closer to God. We think money can buy happiness, but it’s in the times that we struggle that we learn to pray to God for help. We think the more the better in life, but sometimes it’s the simple things that make you enjoy life the most.
Look around you. Do you have a family, friends, a job? Do you have a home, money to buy groceries, and clothes to wear everyday? You may not have everything you want, but I guarantee you have everything you need. The way of the Lord is a unique one. We think we know everything. We think that I am the source for all my prosperity. But God has a way of showing us who’s in control.
Paul learned this very lesson when he wrote in Philippians, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (4:11). We can want all we want, but God will give us exactly what we need to survive!
Are you content with the Lord’s way? Or are we constantly trying to do things my way? Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the way. I trust His way is better than mine. And when we understand that, we understand that “I am, among men, most richly blessed.”