Don't Trade What You Know for What You Don't Know by Debbie Stuart

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Don't Trade What You Know for What You Don't Know
Series: Lessons Learned
Debbie Stuart
2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Grab your Bible, and turn to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

Lord, You are Great! May we be faithful to Your Word and not be detoured by our own thoughts, desires and feelings. May we continue in what we have learned and stand firm in what we know to be true about You. Fill our hearts with faith, so we may see every obstacle as an opportunity to bear witness to Your Great Name.

On March 19, 2009, one day before our huge Ladies Retreat at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where I was serving as Director of Women’s Ministry, my husband was taken to the ER. Within a few hours of arrival, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, Stage 4 (the worst). The shock took hours to work through. We were preparing to celebrate 25 years of marriage. He was 46 and had never been admitted to a hospital. Shock turned to fear, and in the early morning hours I found myself asking the Lord “life questions” I had never before considered.

“Lord, I don’t know how I could live without him. I don’t know that our son would survive it and that our daughter would be okay. What are we going to do? I don’t know about insurance, retirement, his job, our future…”

Immediately I sensed the Lord say, “My child, don’t trade what you don’t know for what you do know.” Over the years and through some tragedies, the Lord has taught me some things I will never forget.

In those early moments when receiving all the negative information about my husband, He helped me to recall the things that “I did know.” Because I’m a list maker and a visual learner, I grabbed my notebook and turned the page from all the information the doctors had just delivered (which prompted my list of things “I did not know”), and I began my new list of what “I did know:”

• I know that He is a companion to the lonely.
• I know that He is strength to the weak.
• I know that He is near to the brokenhearted.
• I know that He is an adjuster to my attitude.
• I know that He is creator of the impossible.
• I know that H is the lifter of my head.
• I know that He is in control, responsible for the outcome and the outcome will lead to something good.

And my list went on for three pages.

My friend, I must remind you: Don’t let how you feel override what you know.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

When you are left out of the Divine loop, and the unexpected causes fear and doubt, remember you can do this thing because you know some things. I encoura ...

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