Monthly Archives: August 2014

Again. And Again.

Another wound, heartache, disappointment…they seem to come no matter what we do or where we are. “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden” plays over and over in my head.
You can be perfectly smack-dab in the middle of God’s sovereign providence and still things go wrong. Some thing happens you have no control over and you didn’t see coming so you’re knocked off your feet. You’ve made some not so great decisions and now you have a mess. Two possible responses are very popular when these happen: 1) why me, why did this happen to me; or 2) what did I do wrong…it must be all my fault.
You’ve prayed and prayed, preparing for something and you KNOW you got the ‘go’ from God. You’re yes has become your yes and you’re going for it. Full steam ahead. You get to where you’re going and BOOM!!!! Something happens to rock your world. Were you wrong? Did you not hear God right? Are you doomed for misery?
Recently I have been reminded once again, that life will happen no matter what. There are seasons when everything is good and we have peace. Then there are times when things are bad and we don’t. In those times when something terrible is going on and life is really hard does that mean we’re being punished? Is God thumping us on our head? Is He not dealing with us fairly and undeservedly? Does the trouble mean there will be no triumph, no joy and happiness in our lives ever again?
The correct answer is NO! We may feel that way. We may have actually done something to warrant the current set of circumstances but even then, God doesn’t stop loving us. He isn’t looking for a reason to dump us and despite what you may have heard, He doesn’t delight in our misery. He does and WILL use our circumstances for many reasons, the most precious of which (to me) is to reveal Himself to us and draw us closer to Him in ways we may never have been before the thing happened. Romans 8:28 “for we know ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose…” (emphasis mine).
Do you love God? His sovereign will allowed whatever you’re going through to happen and He will be with you through it. Don’t listen to yourself if your mind tells you otherwise. Feelings and emotions will disillusion you. For some reason we think because we’re His, we won’t have to suffer like others do. WRONG! The enemy lives to see you commit the number one sin: doubt God. He loves it when you call God a liar which is what doubt does.
The nation Israel experienced God’s punishment by His allowing them to be taken into captivity…and on more than one occasion! That was before Jesus! They were captives because of their sin. In a way, we are too. We’re held captive by our enemy and by ourselves when we decide to live lives unpleasing to God as well as when things happen out of our control by believing we’re being punished and we’re unloved and uncared for by God.
Don’t be a captive to the lie. We go through seasons with tides of emotions that will distort the truth if we let it. Read Jeremiah 31 and how God brings Israel back and restores His people. They laugh, dance, worship and sing again. He will do the same for us. That’s just who He is. If you’ve strayed from Him and are thinking you can’t go back, you’re wrong. If you’re hurt thinking you’ll never get over what’s happened and you feel He’s abandoned you, you’re wrong-“the Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.” (Psalm 34:18)
Again and again, if we come He heals and soothes. Again and again, if we stop long enough to ask Him for forgiveness (and mean it), He accepts our apologies. Again and again, and again and again. And again.
Come close to the One who made you and loves you with an unconditional, everlasting love. Again.