Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Again, taken from my daily devotional. This is a great thing to have emailed to you. Some of them might not seem "encouraging" but sometimes I have to say "I don't understand why you are allowing this God, but I still trust in you." I am trying to teach my girls to pray, yet not be discouraged when they don't get the miraculous answers they want. We recently prayed daily together for a little boy who was critically ill. A serious illness that by the world's standards should have been curable with an operation and chemo ended up taking his life in a matter of a few months. Things went from bad to worse. And now, my girls hear my prayers for restoration, and they pray sincere prayers themselves for their family. It is important that they learn that God is good, even when we aren't getting exactly what we want. That it is a mystery, and God's ways are not our ways. I feel that I must impress this upon them early, so they won't be angry with God when things don't go their way. I also need the reminder myself. So, here it is, from
Messed Up Theology
Job 13:1--15"Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him ..." (v. 15)

A friend of mine who is an instructor in the field of Christian counseling says that one of the things he likes to do with his students is to mess up their theology. He does so by asking them difficult questions about the realities of the universe in order to see how they attempt to square these issues with their view of God.
"God always answers the prayer of faith," said one of his students. "Then why," he asked the student, "did I pray for an hour for my father who was desperately sick to have a good night and then hear that he had the worst night since he had been in the hospital?" "You didn't pray in faith," replied the student.
That's the kind of glib answer many people would give to that question. Such people can't sit quietly in the presence of mystery and say: "I don't understand why this is so but nevertheless I still believe God is good." They must have some kind of answer that they can hold on to because when they have no answers they have no faith. Faith is Job saying: "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him." Anyone can believe when there are explanations and answers. The person who goes on to know God in a deep and intimate way is the one who can affirm that God is good even though there may be a thousand appearances to the contrary. Pray for me and I will pray for you that together we might come to the place of trusting God even when we cannot trace Him.
O God, bring us closer day by day to that place of deep confidence and absolute trust. May we know You so deeply that nothing we see around us will shake or shatter our belief in Your unchanging goodness. In our Lord's Name we pray. Amen.


Gretchen said...

Wow. Right on.

It's harder to just accept difficulties than to just explain them away. Whether it's a bad driver on the road in front of you, or a horrible physical condition, it's all in God's hands.

Personally, resting in God's sovereignty is the most freeing things I can do when faced with difficulties. I stress myself out to the max when I try to be the one working all things together for good. . . you know? :)

GRAMMY said...

yYou young ladies are amazing with words. thank you, Gret, for your comment to Sandy's blog. and for the sweet way you care for Peyton and Paige. Our family will miss you very much. grammy fran.

Sandy said...

Um, you do realize that most of this post is directly quoted from someone else? I don't intend to plagarize! But I thought that it was a great thing to read and apply to my life,