Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be know unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace will be with you.
"If God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn't be big enough to be worshiped." - Evelyn Underhill
Over and over in the
Bible, God proves His sovereignty. Would you set a bush on fire to speak
to your servant? Would you destroy demon-possessed people with a
massive flood? Would you let an underdog slaughter a giant? Hmm. Let's
try the New Testament! Would you feed 5,000 people with one lunch? Would
you walk on water alongside the disciples boat to prove your power?
Would you die on a cross?
didn't understand then. We humans always think we have it all right,
and when God "wrecks" our plans, we whine. Most of us would be ashamed
to admit this, but we whine LOUDLY.
complained that he wasn't the man for the job. Noah probably wondered
what rain was, and how much longer he would have to build the boat.
David was bold in battle, but he was surrounded by doubtful brothers who
told him he was insane to go out alone. The disciples were literally
living with Jesus (in case you missed it, Jesus is God), and they
still wanted to spend 1 year's worth of wages on food for the 5,000
people waiting to eat. They thought Jesus was a ghost when he walked on
water. Obviously, God's ways are not like ours.
has remarkable purposes and plans that blow our minds. The bush, the
flood and ark, the underdog, the lunch, the walking on water incident...
all lead up to the impossible possibilities of glory for the Lord. And
yet, instead of worshiping Him, we find that we're doubtful. We become
skeptical of whether or not things are going to be okay.
-The disciples didn't
understand when Jesus, (who had just fed 5,000 people that afternoon,)
walked on the water. He climbed in the boat and the storm stopped. Yet,
their "hearts were hardened".
-The Israelites had
many tangible forms of God's provision and they still complained and
hesitated to do the next thing. They waited around and did things the
hard way over and over and over and over.
- Moses shifted blame,
didn't follow directions, and tried to cover up things His way. He even
saw the face of God and had a shiny face for awhile afterward. Yet he
still fought God's plans and tried to do it his own way.
laugh! We're not any better. We don't see how God is doing good things
the very minute it gets harder. Have you lost a job? A loved one? Are
you waiting on something to come that doesn't seem possible? Are you
hesitant to do what you feel lead to? Do you doubt that God can DO
things? I'm sure the answer is yes to more than one of these.
We want to know. We want to see results. We want to understand everything that is happening.
died an unjust, cruel death to bring about justice and goodness for the
whole world. He died to save us. We may not understand everything
"terrible" in our lives, but we can be assured that He is sovereign and
that He IS working for good.
could we have faith if we understood everything God was doing? We would
cave in under stress trying to carry out supernatural pressure and holy
plans. We aren't holy. We are human. God uses us in spite of us- He
doesn't need us. But he wants us. He knows we would never be able to
follow His directions if we knew all He would have us to accomplish in a
day. Life is a mystery. Deuteronomy 29:29 says: 'The secret things belong unto the Lord our
God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our
children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.'
keep us in suspense, with baited breath, to see the outcome of a story.
In God's grand story of humanity, we can expect everything to work out
for good. Just how it will all happen is what takes faith. Don't seek to
understand, dear sisters! Seek to do the next thing in front of you.
Seek to have faith in the mysterious and good God we serve.
For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Patience. What does it mean and what does the Bible have to say about it?
Definition: calm endurance without complaining; steadfastness in the face of trouble;
forbearance; the opposite of hastiness.
Calm endurance without complaining....do you ever struggle with that? I know I do!
Being patient is hard so hard because in our fallen, human nature we are selfish. We want to please ourselves over everyone else. As Christians, God had given us a new nature so we don't have to listen to our selfish desires anymore.
We who are strong ought to bear with the fallings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have the redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
God wants us to be patient because HE is patient. Pray. Ask God for patience. Don't just ask for patience though; seek God and dig deeper into His Word. Fill yourself with the Lord and patience will also fill you. You cannot be content and have patience if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
I cannot believe that 2012 is over already!! It, as usual, went by WAY too fast!
There have been so many ups and downs, bad times and even more good ones....
I have accomplished SO many goals and set many new ones and learned a lot along the way too.
I feel God has showed me a lot this year, brought me closer to Him, and taught me what it mean to
be patient and WAIT on His timing. God is good, isn't He??!! :)
I have set a few new goals for 2013.
- Have better time management
-Try to read at least one book a month (two if I can!!)
-Start college full-time
-Do more crafts! I want to try to complete at least one a month
-Exercise more. My goal is to be able to run/jog at least
3 to 4 miles by the end of 2013!
-Blog more often. If you have any ideas or things you would like to
read more of please let me know! Your input is much appreciated :)
-Pray and read my Bible more. Yes, I read my Bible often, but I feel
like sometimes I let my busy schedule get in the way of my devotions.
Do you have any goals for 2013?
Before I go, I would like to share a poem I found some time ago called
The Difference Prayer Makes
I got up early one morning And rushed right into my day; I had so much to accomplish That I didn't take time to pray.
Problems just tumbled around me, And heavier became each task; "Why doesn't God help me?" I wonder He answered, "Because you didn't ask."
I waned to see joy and beauty- But the day toiled on, gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn't show me, He answered, "But you didn't seek."
I tried to come into God's presence, I used all my keys at the lock; God gently and lovingly chided; "My child, you didn't knock."
I woke up early this morning And paused before entering my day; I had so much to accomplish That I had to take time to pray.