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April 16, 2013

THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 16 APRIL 2013

"FOR WHAT DO YOU ASPIRE?"

Charles Perrault's tale, "The Three Wishes," begins with a woodcutter who is preparing to chop down a tree. However, the tree is home to an elf, who promises three wishes to the woodcutter, if the man will spare the tree. The woodcutter waits until dinnertime with his wife to reveal the good news regarding the elfs three wishes. Without thinking, the woodcutters wife took a sip of her wine and said, I wish I had a string of sausages to go with it. Instantly, the sausages appeared; however, the woodcutter was not pleased. With anger, he shouted, What a stupid waste of a wish! You foolish woman! I wish they would stick up your nose! Immediately, the sausages leapt to the womans nose and remained stuck there. The couple sat sadly upon the floor, and realized there was only one thing to do, which was to restore the womans nose with the last wish. The woodcutter said, I wish the sausages would leave my wifes nose. The husband and wife hugged each other tearfully, and remarked, Maybe we will be poor, but we will be happy again. The sausages were fried for dinner; nevertheless, the couple thought as to how they wasted their wishes.

Perrault's tale reminds us how easy it is to waste our lives with the insignificant, that is, to lives our days without any purpose. The tyranny of the urgent is always looming (as Charles Hummel wrote in 1967), thus we can busy, yet not truly making any significant progress. According to Hummel, the problem is not shortage of time; rather, it is a lack of priorities. One of the greatest tragedies in life is allowing the urgent to hinder the important.

The gospel accounts of Jesus reveal that the Lord was never in a hurry, even when his friend Lazarus was dying. Mark 1:35 indicates the priority that the Lord Jesus had for prayer. The reason for this prayerful waiting was to await His Fathers instructions; of course, Christians today receive such instruction solely from Gods Word. Consequently, the foundational precedence for the believer is to prioritize Bible study and prayer.

God is the Lord who created time and who uses it for His purposes, in accordance with His sovereignty. Throughout the Bible, it is evident that God works within time, and works differently at various points in time. The repeated emphasis of Scripture is that God revealed prophecies of the future in the Old Testament, and then accomplished those actions in a latter period in time. Therefore, one manner by which we can understand time is that God created it so that everything does not occur at once, which certainly refers to His work within time to bring redemption to His people, yet also with regard to the ordering of the daily events of our lives (cf. Eccl 3:11).

Do not expect that you will have the time to accomplish everything that you desire to achieve. You may find that it is difficult enough to accomplish what you must do. Therefore, make it your resolve not to allow the urgent to control the important things in life, and then you can experience how it is that God has made everything appropriate in its time.

Why not read the third chapter of Second Thessalonians this week? Ask God to grant you wisdom to apply the encouraging and instructive words of Second Thessalonians 3. Read and heed God's Word for the purpose of glorifying Christ! The importance for doing so is simple: the will of God is the goal of life, and He is our reason and strength for living.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. . . . "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. -- Jesus

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Pastor/Missionary, Capitol Commission
ron.bigalke@capitolcom.org
www.capitolcom.org

P.S. Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.