Thank you God for loving us so. You put us on the earth. You knew we would have many days of sorrow, many days of woe. Yet, You promised when life is just way too difficult we can hide in you. (Psalm 57:1) Teach us how to hide in you even more. Amen.
I didn’t spend loads of time praying today. I did more thinking.
Too often I live in a poverty-conscious mode. That is, I keep expect that I will run out of resources (usual financial) before all tasks/needs have been met.
I have actually reach the point of an anxiety attack! 😦
This is not of God, I know. What do I do?
1. I started rehearsing how far I have come in building a stable financial base for myself. (Years ago, I didn’t even have my own checking account.)
2. I quoted scriptures regarding how God will provide for me .(Proverbs 22:4 By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.) Worrying about lack is not what I am supposed to be keeping on my mind. I need to focus on today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble in it (Matthew 6:34).
3. I searched online and started reading others quotes and explanations about the provision of God. (http://dailychristianquote.com/dcqprovision.html and http://thingsgodtaughtme.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/according-to-the-riches-of-glory-what-does-that-mean/)
4. I will close this entry with a challenge question. What day has come that God did not provide what you needed, not wanted, for that day?
I can think of no day. There has never been a day that I needed a supply of something: be it money, food, or someone to help me that it was not provided?
Can you think of such a day?
Leave your comments here.
Recently a friend was complaining that God was not changing one of her most valued relationships for the better. She wanted God to fix things. And didn’t God know how many times she had prayed? And, she was not sure she could hold on much longer.
Underneath her complaint I felt the accusation. She was accusing God of being wrong somehow. He was wrong for not rescuing her, especially after she had passionately and earnestly prayed for His help For certainly, if nothing was wrong with Him, then He would swiftly rescue her.
Her unspoken accusation against God troubled me because she was implying that there must be something wrong with God, But worse yet, how many times had I not done the same thing? Sometimes accusations have swept from my mouth against Him before I could really think about what I was saying . Yet, I know there are just as many days I knew I was accusing Him of not paying attention, of not moving swiftly enough. I knew it but I didn’t care! I was too angry! I was too scared!
Nevertheless, none of these emotions are justification for calling God something that He is not.
He is not evil. The bible says He is not. He is said to be good, righteous, holy, long suffering and so much more. But not once is God said to be evil.
James 1:13 says that God can not be tempted by evil. There is no evil in Him nor can He even be tempted to do evil.
So when bad things are happening to you, be confident that it is not within God’s character to do evil to you. He wants the best for you. The evil is coming from another root source.
There is no evil within Him ; for real!
Today are my reflections after reading I Kings 17: 34
“In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: He laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.”
- Joshua lived from 1450-1370 BC
- From what I gathered on Wikipedia—The event with Hiel occurred somewhere between 888-869 BC
While these dates are estimates at best in my mind, one can at least see that there is an approximate 600 year gap between the prophecy and the event. It is a good reminder to me that whatever God says will occur will occur. God’s words are outside of time as we know. Our time on earth is so finite and our capacity for understanding God and His principles regarding eternity are so minuscule. That, from what little I do understand I sense enough to know that too often we miss the point about our lives and God’s influence in it.
So the real question becomes
what does God say about the matter?
Ask God what is His take on all your issues. His answers may not always lead to “your understanding” but in the end I am confident that we will still find Him to be a loving Father unto whom we can go.
Remember the post from June 25, 2010? Okay, it’s no surprise if you said no.
In that post, I was expressing distress over some bad financial news.* (See https://presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/god-is-a-god-of-multiplication/ )
I was reading the bible recently and came across a scripture which made me think of that post.
Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
If God is our portion or “our allotment” surely we will not do without. (And if by chance there are some material things that He does not allow us to have, it will be okay. Trusting Him as our personal God and Father We solidify our resolve to know that He does not withhold from us that which we truly need!
* No God has not resolved the issue yet, so I am still waiting for Him to work things out for me. 🙂
I received some distressing financial news today. This is one of those days when I have to call on the Father to make a way when no way seems apparent.
I also need to rehearse the concepts from St. Matthew 6th chapter. If God took care of the lilies and the grass then surely He will supply the need. I think, too, of the woman in the Old Testament who needed money to pay her debts. Elisha the prophet told her to get all the jars she had in her house. She was even instructed to borrow jars from her neighbors. The little oil she had multiplied until she had filled all the jars in the house. She was able to pay the debt and live off the rest. (II Kings 4:1-7)
God is a god of multiplication!
(Writing this post has helped me feel better. Yet please pray to God for me that I will keep my eyes on Him, remember the magnitude of His resources, look for the manifestation of those resources on my behalf, and that I will love Him no matter what He chooses to allow.)
While searching the Internet, I came across a website — http://www.beliefnet.com. While I would not readily share some of the information on their website with you, I did like the quotes about hope and trust in God. Below are a few to enjoy!
“If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.” ~ Anne Graham Lotz
“Pray, and let God worry.” ~ William Law