Shaped up for the tasks God has for us

"If God ordains new circumstances and we choose to resist, manipulate, or withdraw, we are no longer trusting in our sovereign God."  ~Melanie Davis Porter

Resist, manipulate, or withdraw.  I feel the pull of those three options, especially when I'm living overseas.  And none of them are healthy choices.  My "read the Bible in a year" daily Bible readings had me going through 2 Timothy recently, where I found this timely and true reminder:
"...Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers - why, you took in the sacred scriptures with your mother's milk!  There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another - showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way.  Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." 
2 Timothy 3:14-17 MSG


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