when trusting God has to be enough
FAITH INSPIRATION, Inspiration

When Trusting God Has To Be Enough

There are times in life where trusting God is difficult, because we do not always understand what God is doing. There is a part in every one of us that recognizes what it is to see justice, and that part of us sometimes causes us to be angry when we see that someone is getting away with something that we know is not right or not fair. Sometimes we can get frustrated with God when we see the innocent suffering, or when we see the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

Richard Wurmbrand, in his book, “100 Prison Meditations” tells of a Hebrew legend about Moses sitting near a well at one time, meditating. A man, walking past, stopped to drink from the well and, as he did, his money belt fell into the sand. This man left, unaware of his loss. A little while later, a second man passed by the well. He saw the money belt and took it, and walked off without being noticed. Later on, yet a third man stopped to get a drink from the well and laid down to take a rest.

Now the first man, realizing that he lost his money belt, thought he may have left it at the well. So he returned there, after the second man who took it was long gone, and the third man was now there, asleep. The first man demanded his money back from this third man, who knew nothing about the money at all.

A fight broke out, with the first man accusing the third man of stealing his money, and eventually, with the first man killing the third man because he thought the guy was a thief, while the second man, who really was the thief, was now long gone.

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the greatest thing God wants
FAITH INSPIRATION, Inspiration

The Greatest Thing God Wants

Francis Frangipane speaks (in an interview during a podcast) of a time where he was so down in his life, so discouraged at the way his life was going. He was raising 5 children and a foster child, discouraged that he wasn’t sensing a clear direction for his place in life or where God wanted him to be. He was depressed about how he felt like a failure, and like he didn’t have any idea
about his true purpose in life.

One day, in desperation, he was crying out to God, hungering for God to speak to him and to show him what God wanted of him. God spoke to him, in that moment, very clearly, and said, simply, “love me where you are at now.”

Francis was taken aback by that; he was wanting something more specific from God about what he should do with his life. But God simply confirmed to him that the greatest thing God wanted from his life was that he love God with all his heart.

Rick Joyner talks about a time he took a road trip to spend some time with God, trying to discern what God’s purpose was for his life. And God spoke to him, and told him a powerful truth:
“It’s easy for me to find workers; what I’m looking for is friends.”

He hath shown thee, o man, what is good,
and what the Lord requires of thee –
but to do justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Yes, God delights in using you. But He COULD do it without you. He just chooses not to. He wants YOU to enjoy the journey as He works through you. But His ultimate purpose in working through you is not to get “stuff” done. His ultimate purpose in working through you is so that you can enjoy the journey with Him, being amazed at what He does, as you get to watch and to participate.

God’s greatest desire is to conform you to his holiness so that He and you can enjoy each other’s company. He doesn’t want your gifts, your talents or your service nearly as much as He wants to enjoy your company.

Draw near to Him, and let Him change you so that you and He can enjoy spending time together.

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resting in God
FAITH INSPIRATION, Inspiration

Resting In God As A Pathway To Peace

There is peace to be found in the chaos

Sometimes, in the business of life, it is all so easy to be overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. It’s not so bad sometimes; but when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, it is so easy to spin on the problems.

Sometimes, circumstances can be daunting; people can be truly annoying and difficult to deal with. We, as Christians, are to be about our Father’s business; but we also have our own agendas and interests. Not many of us live a life where we can say, “And you should follow me, just as I follow Christ.” And so it is natural that there will be conflict in this world.

But if we are honest with ourselves, much of our trouble and discontentment in life comes out of our cares and our worries – concerns about the future, or how we will be received by others. We worry at times about our health and our families. We worry about our future and how we will provide for ourselves when we are old and gray. We worry about what this world will be like for the future of our children.

We know in our heads that we are to trust God in all things.

But actually doing it is not always so easy.

When Jesus was meeting with his disciples in the upper room, shortly before his crucifixion, he said to his disciples, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” Now when we are struggling with our overwhelming circumstances, we could be tempted to blow off this kind of suggestion by a well-meaning friend. But in the context, we need to remember that Jesus was saying this to comfort the disciples, even as he himself was aware that he was headed for the cross. Though you may be tempted to discount words like this from a friend because you think they don’t know how you feel, remember Jesus spoke this while he was under a cloud of a very difficult season in his life.

Most people are familiar with the “Serenity Prayer,” a prayer authored by Reinhold Niebuhr:

O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,

The courage to change what can be changed,

and the wisdom to know the one from the other.

In our more sober moments, this makes sense to us. Sometimes, in our moments of extreme frustration, we might be tempted to utter a different variation of that prayer:

O God, give me the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,

The courage to change what can be changed,

and the wisdom to know where to hide the bodies of the people I have to kill because they tick me off.

But the real power behind the prayer is the understanding that can be found in the complete prayer…

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

There are days that will be good; enjoy them. There will be days that will be full of woe. Do not despise them, or the circumstances that bring the feelings. Recognize in these moments that God is not to be blamed; He is to be trusted as He walks with you through the storm. As you praise Him through the storm, he “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them..

The circumstances might be consequences of your own making – perhaps they come because you didn’t listen to him when he warned you not to get into a situation. They may be consequences of someone else’s making. When David sent Uriah into battle and told his men to leave Uriah on the battlefield all alone (2nd Samuel, chapter 11) it seems reasonable that Uriah might well have wondered if God truly loved him, leaving him there to be abandoned. And sometimes, time and chance happen to us all. When a tsunami hits, the righteous and the unrighteous are all hit by the wave.

Beyond a point, there is paralysis in analysis. When your circumstances are overwhelming, praise Him in the storm. Ask Him to show you if there is something you need to do differently, or if you need merely to stand steadfast, and like Moses said before the parting of the sea, “behold the salvation of the Lord.” (Exodus 14:13-14) God gives wisdom to all who ask of him and are not double-minded. (James 1)

Our God inhabits the praises of His people. And when He delights to manifest His presence to you as you reach out to him in praise, the circumstances fade in the glory of the presence of the Lord.

When our circumstances seem to big to us, we need to understand that our circumstances are not so big at all; we merely need to praise our God until He shows Himself so much larger than the circumstances.

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