I confess to forgetting that God is constant. I expect Him to change at the drop of a hat, to suddenly toss out mercy or abandon grace. Typing out a list of who God is reminds me that my Lord isn’t a person like me. He doesn’t have a heart which is “deceitful above all things and desperately sick.” Instead, God has come “so that we may know him…the true God and eternal life.”
“We were created for communion, to be in relationship with God and one another. That is what it means to be human. And if that relationship is essential in what it means to be human, then to live without that restored relationship with God is to somehow forget our humanity.”
Even when we have everything we need, we will still find a way to complain, to find something we don’t agree with, something we think is wrong. We elevate our wants and claim they’re things we need.
For this season, I need to trust that God will cause me to bloom where I am planted; and part of that trust includes putting down roots–whether it be a painting on the wall or pictures of friends and family placed for all to see. God’s expectation is not that I would be here and serve people, with one foot out the door.
Understand your own weakness. Know what it felt like when you were in sin, how sensitive and painful it is to have a beam in your own eye. And once you have it removed, you will have the necessary clarity to gently remove a speck from your brother or sister’s eye.
They were beautiful lyrics about struggling in the midst of suffering, asking God why other people – who do not honor or trust or love God – seem to be living care free while bad things happen to those who call on God as Father.
When you see someone presenting an argument you disagree with, give it five minutes to see how or why you disagree with it before you respond.
God gives us our food at the right time, fulfills our desires, and hears our cries for help, and saves us by preserving us in our troubles.
In Christ, with more complete revelation coming to us through Him, we rightly see God’s power, sovereignty, and providence. We see it rightly because, this side of the cross, we see according to His gracious purposes.
There’s something about God that we can learn when we settle into the ordinary everyday routines of our lives. God is just as much present in the mundane as he is in the extraordinary.