Reggie Joiner tells a story about two girls in the fifth grade. They were in a store that sells beads to make necklaces.
One girl started to take some and put them in her bag. As she did so she said to her friend, “Hey, you take some too—no one is watching.”
The friend, who was surprised and didn’t want anything to do with it, wasn’t sure how to react. All she could remember was something she was taught at church a week or two earlier: “If you don’t do the wise thing, you’ll miss out on what God wants to do.” So she just repeated it:
“No. If I don’t do the wise thing, I’ll miss out on what God wants to do.”
This startled the friend because she hadn’t heard that before. So she took the beads out of her bag. Then they went up to the counter and just so happened to compliment the woman at the cashier on how pretty her beads were. (These were the very same style of beads they had almost shoplifted.)
She was so touched by the compliment that she said, “Oh, I’m glad you like them. Here, let me give you some.”
We often think that wisdom is about us knowing what’s best. But none of us sees the whole picture. When we act in a way that honours God—no matter what it is—we open ourselves up to the amazing things God wants to do in our lives.
In Ephesians 3:21 Paul writes: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
“Infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Not “infinitely less” because you and I are so clever by ourselves. But infinitely more.
Wise people trust that God’s way is best. Even when they can’t see what’s next.
What choices are you facing this week?
If you don’t do the wise thing, you’ll miss out on what God wants to do.
By Matthew Ruttan