How is everyone? My week has been interesting since I moved. As I stated last week, I am in a transition at this time in my life. In these last few years, God has been removing or stripping certain things from my life. Some friends, churches-even some family-whether it be through natural causes or not. There has definitely been a clear “divide” regarding what I perceived as normality, rather “Christian normality” in my life.
In order to understand what I mean, I will go back a little bit to explain. Some years back I had prayed and asked God to help me understand more clearly what it was like to be more like His Son, Jesus. I wanted my faith in Christ to be real-not hypercritical. Believe me, I am a real sinner and I have failed God miserably more times than not, but He never gave up on me-especially when I wanted to give up on myself. It was during this time that I went through a lot of loss and it seemed like my life was only filled with darkness. I lost my job, my apartment, I had to move home as an adult in my late 30’s, I was surrounded by “friends” who blamed me for my circumstances and some were telling me that I was not living a “love walk” which is why these things were occurring. I felt lost, misplaced and completely unsure about life. I cried out to God asking if this was all there was? Was there any hope? No one offered any hope-only despair. Where was proof of God’s love for me during this time? I said to God, “I can’t be wrong ALL the time!” SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE!
Then God showed me in His Word: “What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge”(Romans 3:3-4). I think one of reasons I became distressed was because I was allowing others to tell me how God viewed me. The view was based upon their own idols of their hearts and minds. I since then have established a much stronger relationship with God-and this includes hearing His voice and obeying His will.
When I was a new believer, God gave me this Word from the Bible: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran” (Genesis 12:1-4). God has given me this same scripture several times over the years and I have not listened. Mostly because of my own security (or false security) of me being in charge of my life, fear and unbelief. In this scripture Abraham was 75 when obeyed-there’s hope for me (and you) yet! I choose the above scripture because we are to trust and acknowledge God with a whole heart in ALL things because He truly is our guiding force in life. It says not to “lean on our own understanding”. Why? Because God’s ways are not our ways and frankly, many times it doesn’t make sense how HE pull things off! “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: 8-9)
If you are also dealing with changes and transitions in your life, I want to encourage you to know that while we are going through difficulties and it seems like God is very far away, I want you to know that He has not forgotten us. “…but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;” (Isaiah 49:15-16) As we maintain our trust in Jesus, He will not only direct our paths in this life, He will also make the paths straight for us to follow.
As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you with these words of encouragement:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life. And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-33)
In His Love,