Friday, March 12, 2021

You're Right, Odds are You Won't Understand

You're Right, Odds are You Won't Understand 

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 

Rarely does God do something exactly as we think He will. Moses experienced this as he learned how God was going to deliver the Hebrews out of Egypt. God told him He would harden Pharaoh's heart. Yet, the result was not what Moses anticipated. Rather than allowing the Hebrews to leave, Pharaoh increased their hardship. Rather than becoming a hero among the Hebrews, Moses was despised by them for bringing greater suffering. Moses returned to the Lord and asked, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me?” (Exod. 5:22). Much of the frustration we experience as Christians has nothing to do with what God does or doesn't do. It has everything to do, rather, with the false assumptions we make about how we think God will and should act. Have you ever done the will of God and then things seemed to become worse? Moses completely misunderstood what the results of His obedience to God would be. When things did not turn out as he anticipated, Moses became discouraged. God had told Moses what to do, but He had not told Moses what the consequences would be. It is foolish to attempt to do God's work using your own “common sense.” God does not eliminate your common sense; He consecrates it. He gives you His wisdom so you can understand His ways. As you look back on God's activity in your life, you will recognize the supreme wisdom in how He has led you. As you look forward to what God may do, be careful you do not try to predict what He will do next. You may find yourself completely off the mark. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

I look back even over just the last 8 years of my life and it's clear, I really wasn't getting what God was doing or why I was going through it. 

Right now, the intensity of the pressure at work is immense.  I am constantly reminded of a former Supervisor who said "never let them see you sweat".   

I do my best, as I have shown from Colossians 3, as unto the Lord.  It's what drives me to do what I can and am able to until I can't.  I don't understand the trials and tribulations but I know whom is with me through them.  Running is easy, staying the course however, is what causes the ship to arrive at its intended destination. 

We are not going to really gain a tenth of a percent of understanding about the reality of any given moment of our lives.  Not from God's perspective.  We see a single pixel on a screen. He sees the countless variations of your pixel plus the billions of pixels around you. 

I don't understand the low valley's that my Savior takes me through.  I don't understand why I must endure what I do. I don't get it. But I do trust Him who leads me through it.  I may, like now, be excessively stressed.  But I know it's His hands who are holding me through these times.  It's not me holding onto Him.  There's a significant difference.  If it's me doing the holding I, in my strength, can let go at any time. If it's Jesus doing the holding, it's impossible for Him to let go of me.

I have an incredibly powerful Savior, who, according to Scripture, can do way more than I can ask or think. 

The next several days are going to be really intense...but I know that I am not alone in what I have to do.  Jesus goes before me, He guides my thoughts, makes my paths straight.  I am being stretched for sure.  The pressures of people watching me through these tough times is intense. Watching to see if what needs done can be done.  I can't allow myself to worry about any of that.  My thoughts must and will be on what is before me to do, whatever God says it is, to the glory of God.  My prayers are for Jesus to be lifted up.  We cannot live for self and live for Jesus.  You cannot live for your own pleasure in this life and give God the leftovers.  My days always start with time with Jesus. My drive in to work is spent talking with Jesus.  My prayer is that He do like He did with Israel and go before me in battle to make my path straight.

Do you ever really consider starting your day that way?  Is Jesus at all a priority in your life?  Does Jesus get whatever is left of you and your day?  Is the longest prayer of your day thanking Jesus for your food?

I do ask for prayers for these times in which we live.  Deluded people are in places of authority in Government.  Demonic activity is rampant in our US Government and media.  We are accelerating towards the Tribulation period as shown in Revelation.  Praying for people to come to Christ is of paramount importance.  I pray always for current and former coworkers. Pray for this nation. Pray for family and friends. 

What's important to you? If you aren't praying about things and people like that, why not?  Do not forget that it was people praying that brought You to Jesus. 

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