Let Him Do The Math

My daughter struggles with Math. I see so much of myself in her as we work from one problem to the next during homework time. It’s not so much that she doesn’t grasp the concept as it is forgetting it at first glance.

Usually it’s a focus issue. Other times, she makes it harder than it actually is. It can be a frustrating thing for her, especially because her grades don’t always reflect her knowledge of the subject.

You know, my daughter’s issue with math is a good lesson for many of us as it pertains to the Christian life.

Sometimes, we need to forget how to count. Dollars and followers, successes and failures. Frustrations, sins, birthdays, friends. We’d be better off to remember to count our blessings, to count the cost of the Cross. To recount His mercies, new every day.

We’d also be wise to forget our <, > & =. We can spend our life away comparing ourselves to others, others to others, and on and on. If we would, instead, consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ, we’d have only fullness of life in Him to gain.

Why don’t we call it quits on that word problem for now? We’ve read it over and over, word by word, thought of every formula and equation, and we still can’t solve it. If we’d let it go, leave it in God’s hands and move on–living, serving, praising, trusting–we’d learn from watching Him solve it His way. Maybe even move up a grade in the process.

Place value, telling time, statistics, percentages, ratios, speed drills…some of us need to lay the Math at God’s feet right now and let Him do it. We’ve made our lives too complicated,  our problems bigger than they really are. We’re trying too hard to solve things our way, or quite simply we’re frustrated and distracted by numbers and results.

If this describes you, like me, then together let’s change our study habits. We will need a new focus. One that requires closing our books, laying down our pencils with worn erasers and looking up. As we do, we’ll be swept away by the view.

“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV

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12 Responses to Let Him Do The Math

  1. Dee Yoder says:

    Wow. I’m certainly learning about laying aside things I have questions about right now! It’s tough to let God do the math for me, but definitely worth it since all of His formulas always turn out jusssst right for me and my family!

  2. Joanne Sher says:

    Ohhh wow. This is incredibly profound and needed in MY life, and I know many others’. So easy to get caught up in “the math” – and trying to solve it. He is the only one we need.
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  3. Patty Wysong says:

    Thank you. Just what I needed this morning.
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  4. I love the message and the way you delivered it–so creative, spot on analogy. Wonderful devotional.
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  5. Maria says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’m one that is in a season of learning to allow “God to do the math”. It’s not an easy season but God is faithful. I’ve stopped trying to force friendships and allowing God to reveal the friends that are in His will for me. I’m thankful that when He does the math I get the “A”.

  6. LauraLeeShaw says:

    I’m praying with you, Dee. He is faithful!

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    So glad God used this to minister to you. He will meet our needs. Thanks for your feedback, Jo.

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for coming by, Peej.

  9. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Lisa.

  10. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Oh wow, Maria. I’m so glad you mentioned that. I hear this a lot about forcing friendships. God built us for community, but it can be difficult to make friends. You are right, if we’ll pray about it and let Him do the work, it will be for our best. I know your comment will be just what someone reading needs to see. Thank you!

  11. Laying down the statistics… I’ve got my new perspective. Life has suddenly and clearly come into focus for all of us, and knowing God more fully is at the top of all of our lists.

    Love you, friend.

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  12. I love your blog!!!!!!!!
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