Said in a Whining Voice, “But God”

 

 

There are miraculous works of God in our lives in which

the good ‘purpose’ is hidden deep down

and the positive results are way down the road in the distant future.

 

These don’t leave us in the comfortable, happy, ‘content with all of life’ place.

 

They are a struggle.

 

They pose a struggle to comprehend what God is doing

and a struggle to trust Him in the unknown.

 

They may even tempt us to whine, “But God !?”

 

But God knows

and understands us

better than we know and understand

ourselves and our own needs.

 

And in His great wisdom, He knows why we need the struggle and the exact weight* to use to strengthen us into the vessel He has destined us to become (*back to the exercising example which we understand-see here).

 

Will you trust Him even in His dealings with your life that you don’t understand?

 

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10

 

(Continued here: God’s Leading)



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But God

 

 

But God…

There are many times in Scripture when we are reminded that God steps in and moves and changes things,

and we rejoice in His work.

Here are some of our favorites ‘but God’s:

 

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God  demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8

 

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” 1 Cor.1:26-28

 

” ..we are afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us…” 2 Cor.7:6

 

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of that spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Eph. 2:1-9

 

We ourselves can attest to many ‘but God’s in our own lives, ones that we celebrate because they are easily seen as good. Then there are others that are not so easily recognized as good in the moment.

 

 

Today ask Him to remind you of all the ‘but God’s He Himself has worked in your life, where He has clearly stepped in and intervened in unexpected ways for your good and His glory.

 

Thank Him and give Him glory.

 

In this next post we will talk about those ‘but God’ moments when the good is hidden for a time and yet are still a call to thank Him and give Him glory.

 

 



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The Struggle

 

 

The Struggle

 

It is for our good.

 

We understand this concept in exercise.  There is no growth or positive result without the work and struggle and the overtaxing of the muscle.

 

We have also experienced the overtaxing of our spiritual muscles, being stretched beyond ourselvesand can testify to the growth and joy that come on the other side of the ‘trial’.

Yet still we cower away and try to avoid the ‘next’ struggle, the next ‘stretching’, the next call beyond our comfort zone.

 

Left alone to our own devices, we would just naturally stay in ‘a place of ease and comfort’ even if we realize that there is a sense of bondage there.  At least it feels comfortable and known.

But our Heavenly Father loves us too much to allow us to settle there.

 

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

 

Are you undergoing a current struggle right now, not understanding the purpose?

 

Consider it all joy. Embrace and work ‘with’ the struggle as it produces endurance in you, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, with the peaceful fruit of righteousness, that you may share His holiness (Heb. 12:10,11).

Fix your eyes upon Him, and run with endurance the race set before you (Hebrews 12:1,2).

Do not give up.

He promises never to give up on you.

This is post 2 of a small series that begins here: click here.

 

 


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The Lord’s Discipline

 

 

Things are not always as they seem.

“… God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” Hebrews 12:7b

There is a beauty that comes with discipline.

Parents discipline their children for their good so that they may function and succeed in this world.

Speaking of our earthly fathers Hebrews 12 continues,

For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

 

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Hebrews 12:10,11

We want those results.

Can these be obtained by lying down in comfortable ‘flowery beds of ease’ as we would like?

Moses warned the people that it is in the full and satisfied and prosperous times that they needed to beware and watch themselves lest they forget the Lord their God and fail to keep His ways.

When they found themselves in

“great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,

 

then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, ..” Deuteronomy 6:10-14 (see also 8:11-20).

 

In ease we forget, we relax, we let down our guard; it’s what we do.

We find that we are no longer desperate for God because we fill ourselves with so many other ‘nice’ things.

We find ourselves no longer ‘hungering’ and ‘thirsting’ after God and His righteousness (Matt 5:6) because we are full of the world and other things. We say in a sense just as Moses warned, “My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth” (Deut. 8:17), and we start to act self-sufficient.

 

This is what we do. It is our natural tendency left alone in ‘ease’.

 

Therefore we have

the necessary beauty of

discipline from a Father Who knows what is best

and knows exactly what we truly need,

that which produces the peaceful fruit of righteousness,

that we may share in His holiness.

 

Have you possibly been resisting the very work that God is attempting to do for your good and His glory?

 

Thankfully He will not ever give up on us, but let’s choose to cooperate and learn and grow the first time around.

 

Spend some time today asking Him where He is doing a deep work and how He is calling you to respond.

 

 



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An Invitation

 

Come, Beloved, Come.

 

Delve into My Word,

living and active (Hebrews 4:12),

rich

and MOVING, not static or stuck.

 

Want to get ‘unstuck’?

 

Here is where to START and finish

(and all the in between parts).

 

But it’s so hard to believe, that the answer would be just that simple, isn’t it?

 

Like the instructions ‘go and wash’ for Namaan to be healed from leprosy seemed too offensively uncomplicated (2 kings 5:10-15), what you desire feels like such a tall order, that you neglect the simple solution.

 

Go wash yourself in the Word… mind, body, soul….BELIEVING it!

 

Stretch

and then stretch a little farther..

belief, faith, BEYOND..

 

and take Me at My Word..

 

Mix it with FAITH (Hebrews 4:2)… what a cleansing concoction!

 

Church, what if you just believed that, took Me at My Word, and stopped trying to make it so complicated?

 

Oh, the things you and I could do, the baggage we could leave behind, the healing we would find…

 

Press.

 

Stretch a little farther.  Come, taste, and see, that I Am GOOD, I Am Enough, and I Am all you need, the answer to your questions and every problem.

 

What do you want?

 

whatever your answer is presently, the real answer is:

 

You want Me, and I am right here present.

My banner over you is love.

 



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There is A Plan

 

God’s statement,

“For I know the plans I have for you,…. plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..”,

is spoken as encouragement to those whom He had sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

 

Surely hearts cried out in their captivity, “Evil is winning. This is not of God.”

 

But things are not always as they seem.

 

God instructed them,

Seek the welfare (peace) of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare (peace) you will have welfare (peace)…..For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. ‘For I know the plans that I have (am planning) for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope…..” Jer. 29:7,10,11

Seventy years!

 

“‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.'” Jeremiah 29:12-14

 

This is the BIG beautiful picture. And the eventual outcome will be what is ultimately best for the people: they will come back into relationship with their God.

 

“Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” (Isaiah 25:1)

 

Does looking at Jeremiah 29:11 in its context make you rethink the purpose of some of the trials and tribulations that you see around you?

Ponder (and search out for yourself): What have we been clearly told in His Word is coming?

 

God is not surprised or discouraged.

 

He has a plan, a beautiful plan. For our good and His glory.

 

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

 

 


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He Can Be Trusted

 

 

He works all things according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11). He has a plan and purpose, and though our finite minds may not be able to understand it and our emotions sometimes can’t agree with it, it is for our good and His glory.

So, knowing

that

‘though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for our weapons of warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses’ (they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds),

may we CHOOSE to pray and destroy

‘speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the true knowledge of God’ and take EVERY thought (and emotion) captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

 

And, of course, to discern if it lines up with His truth, we MUST know the truth of His Word!

 

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

Will you battle?

Will you trust Him?

 

 


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Is Darkness Winning?

 

 

Things are not always as they seem.

May we all keep this in mind as we see, sometimes daily, what looks or feels like ‘victories over Christ’.

When we see the pain, the evil, and the seemingly successes of the enemy in this world, we can so easily slip into worry, fear, and thinking that darkness is winning.

 

Yet can you grasp how irrational that really is:

‘Victory’ over Jesus Christ?

 

the One to Whom all will someday bow?

the One with “all things in subjection under His feet” (Eph. 1:22)?

the One Who has been seated “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Eph 1:21)?

 

 

May we keep the big picture before us, find hope, and take courage.

 

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

 

 


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