G.K. Chesterton is thought by many to have been one of the most gifted Christian writers of the twentieth century. He was once asked, ‘If you were trapped on an island, what book would you most want to have with you?’ The book he chose was not the Bible, it was called ‘Thomas’ Guide to Practical Ship-Building.’ Chesterton’s response reveals his sense of humour, and his sense of the practical. It also, I think, accurately portrays something of the nature of God himself. Many people think of the Christian God as someone who wants to give you exactly what you don’t need. He wants to tie up your life with all kinds of useless activities and obligations. Those people couldn’t be more wrong. Jesus taught that God is eager to give us what we need, what we ask for. Our God is a practical Person.
You don’t need to be afraid, said Jesus, that if you trust your future to God he will lead you off in a direction you hate. If you seek his will in some decision he won’t send you off in directions that frustrate you or create more problems than they solve. God is interested not just in the big issues of our lives, but in the small details. The small things add up to become big things, after all. If you were alone on a desert island, I think God would definitely want you to have the resources to build a boat!
Matthew 7:9-11 ‘Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’ (NIV)
Prayer: ‘Father, thank you for your interest in every practical detail of my life. Please lead me to the right people, opportunities and resources today so that I can achieve something good and overcome the challenges thrown in my path.’
“The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; He pulled me out of the deep waters” (Psalm 18:16 TEV).
There are times when we all think, “I’m going under for the last time! I’m about to sink!” No matter how deep you are, God’s love is there; He can pull you out of the deepest waters.
No matter what problem you have, God’s love is deeper than your problem. You may be in deep despair, deep trouble, under deep stress. You may have deep problems – emotional problems, physical problems, financial problems.
Yet, God’s love is deeper still.
Corrie ten Boom and Betsy ten Boom were Christians who lived in the Netherlands during World War II. They hid Jews in their home to protect them from the Nazis. When they were discovered, not only were the Jews taken to the concentration camp but Corrie and Betsy were taken as well, and they spent the rest of the war there.
After watching one atrocity after another, Corrie told Betsy, “This place is the pit of hell!” Betsy replied, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper.”
Maybe in the last little while, you may have hit bottom. Perhaps you’re at the bottom financially and you think, “I am going broke!” Or you’ve hit bottom emotionally, or your marriage has hit bottom, or you’re having health problems. You’re frustrated and you think, “I’m going under.”
Where is God when you hit bottom? He’s right there underneath you. He is “your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you” (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT).
Drop into the Heavenly Father’s arms of love. Let Him catch you and support you when you have nowhere else to go.