“With all that seems to be going on in the world sometimes,” Stan began, “it is easy to fall into the trap of listening to the chicken.”
“The chicken?” I responded.
“Yeah,” Stan replied. “You know the story of Chicken Little, sometimes called Henny Penny, about the chicken who was hit in the head by a falling acorn and thought the sky was falling.”
“Oh, that chicken,” I said. “Lots of them around.”
“There are,” Stan replied, “and I have to be real careful to not get caught up in all of the chicken talk that can really get me off base in my relationship with God.”
Continuing, he said, “It is essential for me to know what is true about my circumstances and what it not. When things are not going in accordance with what I want, I need to look to see if what I want agrees with what God wants. Am I expecting something different from what God is doing?”
“Additionally, I need to know beyond a shadow of doubt that God is still on the throne, that He knows everything that is going on, that everything is for His purposes, and that my role is to see what He is doing and join Him rather than to run off to tell people that the sky is falling!”
What if the sky really is falling?” I asked. “Or if it seems that it really is falling?”
“If it seems that it is,” Stan replied, “I need to take another look. Maybe God just dropped an acorn on my head to get my attention so I will look to Him.”
And they came to Him (Jesus) and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” Luke 8:24, 25.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you are always on the throne. Thank you that your will will be done and that your purposes will be accomplished regardless of what I think. I confess that too often you have to say to me, “Where is your faith?” Please forgive my lack of faith in thinking that something is going on that you don’t know or care about. And please, Father, help me in following your lead in knowing beyond a shadow of doubt that the sky is not falling, regardless of what anyone other than you may say. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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