This is a re-post of a blog first published in October 2013 – it bears repeating!
You know how some sermons and teachings stick with you for years? Those a-ha moments when the teacher says something and bam! the light bulb goes off and it is engraved on your mind forever. Such a moment was delivered to me by Dr. Bob Barnes, a counselor in Fort Lauderdale who was serving as interim pastor at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach Florida, more than a few years ago. Dr. Barnes had such a way about him, I could have sat there and listened to five or six teaching sessions of his at a time, he was witty, funny, practical, and very wise.
This particular Sunday he said, “Write this down, and next time you are blind-sided by some news that takes you right to the wall, remember this: GAKAT! God Already Knew About This.”
Simple, yet so profound. If I was going to get another tattoo (yes, I already have one), I would have GAKAT inked on my wrist or somewhere I would see it every single day. [ I do have it tattooed on my wrist now. ]
God Already Knew About This!
I learned something last week that just about rocked me right out of my boat. Put me into a state of shock and semi-despair. Then, as I was fretting and stressing, I remembered, God Already Knew About This and my soul was flooded with great peace.
Friends, nothing, I mean NOTHING, takes God by surprise. Our stories were written before the foundations of the earth were formed, before breath was God-breathed into man. He really knows the beginning from the end and all the stuff in-the-middle.
Why can’t I get “that” once and for all? I long to walk through every day and just laugh at adversity, saying GAKAT, GAKAT, GAKAT! My God, who loves me with an everlasting love, has this and has my good and His glory in mind, in ALL situations.
I hope this simple little GAKAT lesson helps YOU, because just writing it down and remembering the principle has helped me tremendously.
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never even seen – don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Matthew 6.30-33 The Message