Friday, May 31, 2013

Option 3:20

You and I are constantly making decisions. Some of those decisions are easy and take little thought. But others consume our time, cause anxiety and are very tough.
When I face those tough decisions, I wrestle with the options. I try to ask God what He wants me to do.
Often, when I am facing these decisions, I think of Moses before the Red Sea as the Egyptians were coming after them. Human thinking could only come up with three options. They could surrender and beg for mercy, which they probably wouldn’t get. They could run, but they knew they would be overtaken. Or they could face the Egyptian army in a battle—a certain death for sure. Not great options.
We know God had another idea—not a human option, a God option.
I’ve always pictured Moses deep in thought, begging God for answers. Then after a long silence, I hear God chuckling and saying, “Hey Moses, I’ve got a better idea. I’ll open up the Red Sea and you can go through that.”
Baam! That works.
More and more, when I face tough decisions, I think and pray through all the human options. God still uses them. But I also wait on God and ask Him for the Red-Sea-opening option. The option which only He can do and the one He wants to do at that moment.
I call this option 3:20.
For Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
As you face tough decisions in life, think and pray through the options. Remember, though, to wait on God for option 3:20. Eventually He will answer, and the clock will flip to 3:20.

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