This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about the way in which God’s highest good transcends all disputes.
Recently, I talked about the dispute between Barnabas and Paul about John Mark. While they were traveling on their first mission trip, John Mark abruptly decided to leave. However, as they were planning their second mission trip, John Mark decided he wanted to rejoin the group.
Paul was dead set against John Mark returning; however, Barnabas disagreed with him. They saw the situation very differently, so they decided to part ways.
Oftentimes, when we think about a dispute or a parting of the ways, we only think of the worst. Yet let us not forget that God transcends any dispute. In other words, God’s highest will and purpose still ultimately prevail.
In this instance, Paul was very concerned about losing momentum. Barnabas was gone and he was by himself. Paul couldn’t understand how he would be able to cover all of the territory he needed to.
But, when Barnabas left, God sent Silas and Timothy to Paul. Together, the new group covered more than 3,000 miles of territory, spreading God’s word for everyone to hear. They even built churches in Macedonia and Greece.
Instead of the dispute causing them to lose momentum, they only gained it.
If you are wrestling with a dispute today, know that God has all parties in His hand. To remember that, let us hold these words in our heart: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
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So today, know that God’s will can transcend your disputes.