Monday, June 30, 2014

What Five Minutes in the Midst of Job Can Do



Wading through the advice of Job’s friends and Job’s own wishes that he’d never been born, you come across words you little expect from the heart of a man deep in the wilderness of pain and suffering.

Early on in his pain, Job worshiped God.

Everything was taken away. But Job still held on to what he knew about God.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed by the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)

Some suggest he was still in shock.

Maybe it hadn’t hit him fully that all of his possessions and all his children (all of them!) were gone.

Maybe that’s why he was able to worship.

If you’ve ever experienced a chronic situation, you can place yourself in his shoes several days down the road.

The initial shock is over.

His friends have shared their opinions.

His faith is wearing thin.

. . .  But Job still worships God.

He supports his wavering faith with a two-pronged truth—a truth that has to go hand-in-hand:

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. (Job 9:4)

Wise.

Mighty.

Two truths about God we can be grateful are both part of His being.
J.I. Packer once wrote, “In God boundless wisdom and endless power are united, and this makes Him utterly worthy of our fullest trust.”

God is “immortal, invisible.”

And He’s the “only wise God” (1 Timothy 1:17).

He is worthy of our trust, because He’s the powerfully wise God who unites His wisdom and power to move on our behalf and for His glory.

Nothing He ever allows is outside His wise plan. Nothing He wisely does is accomplished apart from His strength.

He orchestrates our world in perfect wisdom. He rides the heavens to our help (Deut. 33:26).

A wise God.

A strong God.

Two truths about God Job basked in when he was deep in the midst of His suffering.

Faith falters. Worship wanes. And life-sized questions loom.

But the two-pronged reminder that “God is wise” and “God is strong” can support any day.

Remembering who He is will always uphold our minutes.

Take five minutes to bolster your faith.

Bask in the truth that our God is both wise and strong.

Fully trustworthy.


“O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all.
. . . Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Psalm 104:24; Genesis 18:14)




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Monday, June 23, 2014

More Than Faithful



I watched the sunset tonight.




You know what thought never crossed my mind?

That it wouldn’t rise again in the morning.

I’m not going to wake up tomorrow, and find the sky as black as it is now.

The sun will rise again. 

It always does.


The Psalmist once said: “My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning—yes, more than they that watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:6)


His soul waited on his God more than those who were sure that the morning would come.

We have no doubt the sun will rise tomorrow.

We can wait in expectation on the Lord even more than that.
We can be even more assured that our God will come through for us.
We can hope in Him that much.

The sun will rise again tomorrow.

I can say that with full assurance. Because it always does.

Our God will come through for us.

I can say that with even more assurance.

Because our God is more faithful than even the times and the seasons coming and going.

His ways are not as predictable as the sun rising and setting.

But His faithfulness is.





His compassions fail not. 
They are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22,23)




Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Convince Your Heart that His Arm is Not Too Short



“When we would have any great things to be accomplished, the best policy is to work by an engine which the world sees nothing of.” – John Preston

When we can’t reach something, where do we usually turn?

To someone who’s taller. Or closer.

To someone whose arm is not too short.

Prayer is asking God to reach for something outside our grasp.
To move where we can’t.
To touch where we are incapable.
To act where all we can do is watch.

Prayer is coming to the One whose arm is never too short.

The God we approach in prayer is a God sitting on a throne—high and lifted up (Isa. 6:1). Yet our Father who sees in secret and hears in secret and is present with us in secret (Matthew 6).

Prayer is seeking the hand of a God who can move in men’s hearts. Heal the bruised. Touch where we can’t. And protect where we would only crumble.

·         We pray to a God who is mighty in our midst (Zeph. 3:17).
·         To a God who shows Himself strong on our behalf (2 Chron. 16:9).
·         To the One who is our only hope and our only trust (Psalm 71:5).

We pray to a God who has a mighty, outstretched arm.

It is nothing for our God to work, to reach, to move (2 Chron. 14:11)

It is nothing for Him to answer our prayers.

His arm is never too short, and His hand can reach even the tiniest trouble.

Pray.

And watch God reach His mighty hand long and strong where we never could.


“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
Nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)




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Monday, June 9, 2014

When It Feels Like You Were Made for More



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Ever asked yourself these questions?

                * Why am I here?
                * Why was I made this way?
                * Why is this my life?

These questions reveal one thing--we feel like we were made for more.

When Hannah Anderson's daughter asked similar questions of her second grade teacher on her first day of school, these questions hit home. Hannah started wrestling with the answers.

And she wrote a book.



This world is broken and it leaves its pieces strewn across our paths.

But the One who is whole and wholly real and unbroken made you and me, and He stamped His image on the very essence of who we are.

                That didn't cease when the world broke.

Our broken world--around us and within--is simply a daily reminder that we were made for more.
"Your life has intrinsic value, not simply because of who you are as an individual, but because of who He is as your God . . . Your life is sacred because He has stamped His identity onto yours." (p. 33)

Who we are is wrapped up in how our lives represent the very God who made us.

So we love Him; we love others.  We work. We fulfill who He made us to be.
Because we are "personally shaped to reflect His unique nature." (p. 139)

When you feel like you were made for more, you were.

Our truest identity is found in His.
 "All that matters is that you are precisely who He has made you to be, and one day He will make you to be more than you could ever imagine. One day He will make you like Himself." (p. 147)

We will be who we were made to be, when we image Him in the unique way He designed for each of us.

We will live more fully, when we realize we were "Made for More".


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