5 Don't Calculate Without God
“Commit thy way unto the
Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
Don't calculate without God.
God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the
things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into
circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been
calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one
thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the
greatest factor in all our calculations.
In our religion it is customary to put God first,
but we are apt to think it is an impertinence to put Him first in the practical
issues of our lives. If we imagine we have to put on our Sunday moods before we
come near to God, we will never come near Him. We must come as we are.
Don't calculate with the evil in view.
Does God really mean us to take no account of the
evil? “Love . . . taketh no account of the evil.” Love is not ignorant of the
existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor.
Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work
all our reasonings from that standpoint.
Don't calculate with the rainy day in view.
You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are
trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said – “Let not your heart be troubled.” God will
not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command – “Let not . . .” Haul
yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into
the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.