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“The Land of ‘What Is’”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, May 7, 2022 comes to us from Samuel Wagner.

1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 "Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone- 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? 8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'? Job 38:1-11 NIV


“The Land of ‘What Is’”

I had told my new roommates that the renovations to our rented apartment would be complete before school started. But there we were, with a week of online school behind us and still no apartment. I felt responsible and blamed myself. What if I had communicated more with our landlord? What if I had found another place as a backup? What if, what if, what if?

It is easy to get caught up in the land of “What If,” but as I thought over scripture, I remembered the words from Jeremiah quoted above and God’s words to Job, “who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:2). Who am I to put my plans above God’s? But when I dwell in the land of “What if,” I put my own plans and abilities before my trust in God. If I truly believe that God has great plans for me, I should stop asking “What if?” and trust God. Now, as I sip warm coffee at the breakfast table in my completed apartment, happily moved in with my roommates, I try my best to live in the land of “What Is” – the place where God lives.


Friends –

I often think “What if?” or “I wish I had done this or that”. I suppose that regret is a part of life for most of us. Samuel Wagner reminds us that “what is done is done”, and it’s important to trust God with “what is”. Regrets can be crippling. But trusting God to love us, even in light of “what if?”, will empower us to move forward and live in the midst of “what is”.

--Pastor bea


Dear Lord, thank you for the good plans you have for us. Give us the strength to trust you. Amen.

--Samuel Wagner

Prayer Focus:

To trust God’s plan for us.

Thought for the Day:

I will trust God’s good plan for my life.


I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope

Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

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