This past Friday, I was listening to a podcast by Erwin McManus. I love Erwin. If you’ve not read any of his books or listened to the Mosaic podcast, you should do yourself a favor and check him out. Anyway, he told a story in his message that really stirred something inside of me.
Erwin and his older brother grew up fairly poor. A rare treat was for them to get a can of Coke to split. The rule in their house (we have this same rule in ours) was that one would split it, and the other would get to choose. Erwin’s brother was always trying to take advantage of the situation to get more than his fair share Sometimes he’s use different shaped glasses, or different colored glasses, or some sort of distraction. Erwin had to always be on his guard.
On one occasion, his brother meticulously split the can into two identical glasses, carefully ensuring they were exactly the same. He then told Erwin to choose. Erwin was sure his brother was up to something, but after much studying to figure what his angle was, he finally picked one. His brother asked, “Are you sure you want THAT one?”. Erwin studied a little more and finally said, “Yes.” After which, his brother immediately picked up the other glass, smiled and poured the rest of the coke from the can into it!
I think the point Erwin was making was that sometimes we make decisions without having all the information we need. However, when I heard that, what went off in my heart was God sayng, “Hang on, I’ve still got something in the can!”
Have you ever felt like God was done helping you? Do you feel sometimes that He has forgotten about you? Are you feeling like the situation you are in now is as good as it’s going to get? Hang on, God’s still got something in the can.
Now I’m not promising you that God is going to give you what you are believing/praying for. He may, but then again, He may not. As Pete Wilson says, God is not a vending machine that just gives us what we want when we push the right buttons. What I can guarantee you though that He is not done with your situation yet.
If you’re still breathing, He is still working…even if you can’t see it. He hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s still got something in the can. He has exactly what you need, and He’ll get it to you exactly when you need it. What “it” is, I can’t say. Maybe it’s the answer your praying for. Maybe it is grace to endure. Maybe it’s an answer you haven’t even thought of yet.
Not matter how hopeless your situation may seem, I just want to encourage you to hang on. Hang on to the promise that God is faithful even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). Hang on to the promise that His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Hang on to the promise that He can bring good out of any circumstance (Romans 8:28). He’s still got something in the can!
By the way, if you are in a situation like this, I would recommend you read “Plan B” by Pete Wilson. I am giving away a copy this Friday. [Please note: This give-away is now over. I have already selected the winner and distributed the copy of this book. Everything below this note is left here for historical purposes, so that the comments make sense.] If you are interested, click here to find out more about the book and how to win a free copy.