Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The bible says that "MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord God delivers them from it all."
He wouldn't have to be the God of peace, if times were always peaceful.
He wouldn't have to be the God of comfort, if times were not stressful.
He wouldn't have to be God our provider, if we weren't going to encounter times of need.
He wouldn't have to be God who delivers us from our troubles, if we weren't going to have any troubling times.
We have enemies so that God can prove himself to us, and give us the grace to endure.
He wouldn't have told us to pray for our enemies and bless those that persecute us-if we weren't going to have to deal with that kind of stuff!!!
It's so that we pray for the strength to deal with what comes our way so that HE can be glorified.
You know? It occurred to me, too, that this was the lesson at church on Saturday, too. How "on time" it was for me.
Without going into detail, there has been some drama at home because of the nine year old's and twins' mother...Basically when our kids' dad wouldn't do what she wanted him to do, she decided to press charges on him for breaking the no offensive contact order of protection. I probably shouldn't say anything more than that since the case is pending. I've been praying that the same pit that she is digging for him will be the same one that she herself falls into-because this is some bullspit.
Still though-I have peace. HE has peace, too, and he's the one who turned himself in, even with the risk of not being released on his own recognizance, and he has to deal with going to jail wrongfully AGAIN. God is not surprised by any of this. We need His grace to deal with these circumstances, but these circumstances are exactly the kind that He uses to make Himself all the more real to us. I am choosing joy-because what reason do I have to be happy right now? My heart has to go to jail again because of this chick? I mean, seriously? Of course none of this would have happened if blah, blah, blah-but we can't dwell on that because it's over and done with. The fact is, this is happening now. Am I going to choose to panic, and cry, and question God angrily why He let this happen? No. I'm going to choose joy, pray for peace, pray for courage, and pray that He reveal why He is letting this happen without having an attitude with Him for it.
I dunno. MAYBE this doesn't make any sense to you. Maybe you're not a person of faith. Maybe you think having faith in a God you don't believe is there is just a crutch. So what? Everyone has a crutch, whether or not they choose to admit it. It's human nature. I will happily admit than in moments of emotional turmoil that I turn to God who is my Strength. :)