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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Did I Do It Right?

(Timothy Griffin)
September 14, 2012

Several weeks ago, I heard a preacher say, “Your belief in God makes impossibilities, possibilities.”check_resized.jpg

As David spoke to God in Psalm 139:16 he said, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance.” God made us. He knew us before He made us. He knows why He made us. And when our life on earth is over, He’ll know if we accomplished the earthly purposes He had for us.

As I sat listening to that preacher, another thought came to my mind, “our lack of belief in God makes our possibilities, impossibilities.”

I know without a doubt that I’m going to heaven, but in the last few days a thought has rolled around in my mind. When I see God, how will He respond to my question, “Did I do it right?” “Did I live the life You intended me to live?”

Today, if I were to give myself the answer to that question, I would honestly have to say, “No”. Though I feel I’m in a good place right now, as I reflect on some days, weeks and months from years past, I think what if. Now I don’t dwell there, but I do learn from there. And more and more, my prayer is, “Lord, let me walk in the steps that you’ve ordered for me.” Just ponder for a moment how fulfilling it would be for us to operate exactly as the One who made us intended.

But, our “self-guided” missteps cost us so much. Think about the account of the children of Israel in Numbers 13. All the spies, except two, came back with a report that instilled fear in the people.  Yes, they said the land was good. It was flowing with milk and honey, but they said there was no possibility of getting it, because there were too many obstacles standing in the way.

looking_up.jpgBecause of their reports and the people’s response, not only did the spies miss out on the promise, all the people over the age of 20 also missed the Promised Land. Finally, it took those who did make it, 40 years of wilderness wandering in order to get there. What the reader may miss in this passage is that the children of Israel were there. They had made it to the Promised Land.  It took the spies  only 40 days to go into the land, search it out and return to camp with a report.

So, not only was taking the land a possibility, it was more than likely only days to the beginning of reality. Yes, God, had told the Israelites in Exodus 23:29 “But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.” But God had told them, the land was theirs.

We must ask ourselves, how often does our lack of belief make our possibilities or better yet our realities, impossibilities? Making it personal, I ask myself, as the spiritual leader of my family, how often does my lack of belief affect my families’ God-intended realities?

Keep looking up to get the Master's plan and purpose to live your life the way He intended.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.