The Lord is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life,
And my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever.
Go forward to the New Testament.
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
John 15:26-27 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, namely, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you are testifying as well, because you have been with Me from the beginning."
If we were meant to just go on living our lives our way after coming to Christ, there would be no need for prophecy. No need for anything that the Lord needs to do in our lives.
Yet as Scripture tells us, He loves us too much to leave us the way He found us. He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Of those who left the wounded one on the road and who it was that felt compassion.
We, often, probably more often than we care to admit, question why God's done or is doing in our lives because it's not what we want. We suffer a loss and we question Him as to why. We suffer a setback and question Him as to why. We seem to forget to do that same thing when blessings abound.
That wounded man is never shown to question why the Samaritan stopped to render help. The innkeeper never questioned the Samaritan for taking care of this person who had been a stranger to him.
I honestly am sitting here almost aghast at my own questioning of God’s reasons as to why He did or allowed what has happened in my life. I am guilty of it. God's given ample reasons to trust Him in all things yet I have stood there questioning His motives
Please, Dear Reader, don't lie to yourself and say that that question hasn't crossed your mind.
It's been asked in other places in the Bible. Job struggled with it. David wrote about it.
The only one who ever didn't was Jesus. Even in His agony on the cross of crying out "My God! My God! Why have you forsaken Me!?" He knew the reason. Jesus knew why His Father couldn't look at Him in that moment.
In our lives we are always being looked upon by God. We can be so single minded that we forget that we do indeed think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.
We are in a transformational process. We, like that wounded man, have deep wounds, scars, illnesses, that go deeper than we know. The Great Physician, Jesus, has a lot of work to do in each of us. To point you to another example, check out "90 Minutes in Heaven". A Pastor who had been in a horrible accident. What God did with him took years of physical agony, only for him to learn it wasn't just about him. His agonizing recovery opened doors of opportunities to reach others that no other way would have worked. There is no way God can explain to our finite minds His full plans and purpose for every Spiritual surgery He has done or will do in our transformation into being more like Christ.
We just won't understand it in our lifetime. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs.
Our instructions from the Lord are to trust Him. We often sing songs that include the words "where He leads me I will follow". When you think on that, are you only ok with it as long as happiness is included?
Jesus promised us tribulations in our lives. Promised that we would have trials. This must include our trusting in God to know more than we do.
We can easily be guilty of arrogant presumption. Believing we understand what He is after and pursuing it ahead of Him. I did that over 25 years ago. It's been a very painful, long, recovery.
We need to realize that His ways are NOT our ways, that His thoughts ARE higher than our thoughts. We may indeed see which way the wind is blowing, but as Scripture also says, those who wait upon the Lord will be saved.
When life isn't going to our plan. Wait. God's plan is more than we can know or understand.
We already have a multitude of careless thoughts to give an account for. No sense in adding to them.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that I might walk in them.
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