Monday, October 4, 2021

Fears and Doubts and Dreams

Fears and Doubts and Dreams 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ISAIAH 55:8 

We don’t always understand what God is doing . . . We wonder why He thought His timeframe was better than ours . . . We struggle to understand why He allows tragic things to happen to godly people who have already suffered plenty . . . We speculate about why the unbelievers down the street seem to have such a happy, easy life . . . God’s ways aren’t our ways, are they? Neither are His thoughts. But a God we could understand—whose ways we could explain and even predict—wouldn’t be very big, very powerful, or very wise. Our omniscient God knows the big picture. He understands how an action today affects eternity, and remembering that fact can be comforting. The reality that God’s thoughts are higher than ours impacts not only our perspective on life but also our approach to the Bible. We should not try to reduce God’s Word to a level that makes sense to us. Rather, we should ask God to raise our thinking so we better understand His Word and gain His perspective on the world around us. - Blackaby Being Still With God 

In this year we've been in a season of change. It has been more challenging in some respects than 2020 had been. 

It's been hard waiting on the Lord. Just being honest there. It's hard not understanding delays. It's hard envisioning what could be coming and yet thus far is out of reach. 

It's often difficult to grasp what God has in mind for those steps from what we see as point A to point B.  In our minds it appears a simple thing. In the delays we cannot fathom why the delays are happening. 

I have mentioned this in other posts, of what hard lesson that I went through a few decades ago.  Where I thought I understood what plan God had for me and I rushed ahead into it. Totally unprepared for what I was getting into. Not knowing nor understanding the consequences, the impact to my life and the lives that I would be negatively impacting. 

This passage hits home with me when I consider jumping ahead.  I am reminded of another passage.  Isaiah 40:31 "Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.". 

Quite frankly In this moment I am both anxious, in a good way, yet cautious. In as much as I see where God's leading us, I do not want to get ahead of Him again. 

Being patient is not always the easiest thing to do. When I pray, I confess that I am that way. I keep looking around me wondering why we haven't moved yet. Wondering what God is yet still waiting for. His response is "soon".  

Philippians 4:3 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

This too comes to mind.  So, as others who are in Christ have taught, so I do.  Whatever it is that God has me doing in the here and now, keep doing until He changes it. 

I have always adhered to a standard concerning employment to one thing.  Stay where I am until God makes it either impossible to stay or He says it's time to go.  

In this many don't understand it. They view me as a quitter. Not in so many words, but in their actions and physical reactions.  Hate to break it to everyone, look in the Bible to how many went through job changes that were brought about by God doing the same thing in their lives, in this I am in good company. 

I share this by way of example.  I do not know what tomorrow holds.  But I know who holds tomorrow in His hands. Proverbs 27:1 "Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring."  I have enough to keep me busy in today.  I pray about tomorrow and in the here and now I do my best at whatever God has me doing. Colossians 3:23-24.

My question for you is how do you approach your day?  Do you have a Godly work ethic?  Do you consider that you are a living testimony before you are a spoken testimony?  Do you look at the ramifications of your spur of the moment decisions?  Do you seek to know what steps God has in mind for you or do you just go ahead anyway regardless of what might happen that you are not aware of?  You don't need to respond to me in these.  What goes on in your walk with Jesus is between you and Him. 

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