“In a certain textile factory the instructions over one machine read:  “If the threads get tangled, send for the foreman.”
One day as a new employee worked at the machine, the threads did become tangled.  She worked diligently for a few minutes trying to untangle the twisted threads, but her efforts only compounded the problem.  Finally, in desperation she called the foreman.  He took one look at the tangled mess and said, “you tried to untangle these yourself, didn’t you?”  “Well, I did my best,” she replied defensively.  “Lady, just remember that doing your best is sending for me.”

How often the threads of our lives become twisted and tangled, and our clumsy efforts to remedy the situation only makes it worse.  We need to remember that doing our best is sending for the foreman, going to God in prayer.”  (John W. Wade is to be credited for this illustration)

I can do more after I have prayed but I cannot do more until I have prayed asking for God’s guidance and help.  We try to be so independent, so strong, as if we can manage life by our self. But, none of us can go it alone.  We all need that greater help which comes from the Lord. Of course, there has to be a balance.  Isn’t this what Paul is saying in Ephesians chapter 2 verse 8 which reads:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  God’s part is the offer of His free, undeserved salvation, which is “grace”.   Man’s part is the response of “faith.”  Faith is expressed in obedience, doing the will of God.

Remember, call the foreman, GOD, to direct and help you.  Only He can untangle the messes we get into.

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