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What Would Bring God the MOST Glory?

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Out of the blue—just 2 months prior to my greatly anticipated hiking trip to Utah—my excruciating sciatica pain came back! “It can’t be,” I agonized! “I don’t understand!”

That was about 5 years ago. Not being able to stand or walk for more than a few minutes without overwhelming pain is hard for anyone, but especially one with a type A personality!

I was not a happy camper and I didn’t respond well to this recurring issue. I wasn’t able to shake my negative attitude and found myself often in a state of discontentment and complaint. I couldn’t (rather wouldn’t) accept my circumstances.

Finally, unable to stand my misery any longer, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to stop fighting God and surrender. My prayer changed from…

“Please heal me!”

To

“Please help me to endure this pain. Use it somehow for Your glory. Don’t let me waste the pain.”

Immediately my joy and peace were restored, even though my back wasn’t!

You see, the Lord reminded me of a lesson I had learned 9 years prior when my husband’s cancer had metastasized. While grappling with that bad news and trying to accept it, God led me to ask this question,

“What would give God the greatest glory?”

Healing Ed or sustaining us with unexplainable joy and peace?”

The answer became immediately obvious—in my case, it was the latter.

So with God’s help, I surrendered and have seen God use it for His glory in many ways. The peace and joy God gave us those last 2 years before Ed went home to heaven was a huge testimony to those around us. It even led his sister to get saved!

Now the Lord was asking me to do the same thing with my recurring back issue.

We would prefer to see God display His glory by answering our prayer our way. But suppose God wants to display His glory in a different way—one that doesn’t make sense to us?

The Bible tells us we were created for His glory and pleasure.

“All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory; I created them.” (Is 43:7)

Our main purpose in life is to demonstrate God’s glory; to make Him known to a hurting, dark world.

Therefore, when you are dealing with baffling circumstances, ask yourself the same question the Lord posed to me:

In my situation, what would bring God the most glory?

God answering our prayer for healing, removing our pain or problem–all miracles, or in doing whatever He knows is best? Which miracle would:

  • Lead more people to Christ?
  • Make us or others more like Christ?
  • Grow our faith more?
  • Show God’s love, care, or power more?

With this in mind, it’ll be easier to accept whatever God may allow. Whether it’s cancer, a recurring health issue, a wayward child, or an extreme emotional hurt, God will use it for His glory and greater purposes.

Don’t miss the blessing and stay miserable with a hard, unaccepting heart!

God could be setting Himself up to show off—to display His great power and glory to the world through you. Cooperate with Him. It’ll be worth it!

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4:11 KJV)

 

So my friends, the next time you are dealing with some difficult circumstance, ask this question:

“What would give God the greatest glory here?”

and then respond accordingly!

 

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Are You Worrying? What If the Worst Thing DID Happen?

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It was the summer of 2014. I remember as if it were yesterday—scared out of my ever-living mind! My periodontist had sent me to a specialist, who then sent me to another specialist for a biopsy of my tongue. Panic gripped me. I had lost my wonderful husband to cancer!

So my mind started running amuck. What if it is cancer? What if I need chemotherapy? What if the worst-case scenario happens? To me that wouldn’t be death (since I would be with my Savior and re-united with my soul mate), but the loss of my mouth!

I am a teacher, discipler, and speaker—not to mention a gabber. How would I serve my God without the ability to speak? I know the truth that God’s grace will be there when I need it (but not beforehand). I know the fact that most of what we worry about never comes true, but what if it does? It is a possibility, after all. How do I handle it if the worst thing does happen?

That’s when the Lord taught me this secret:

I had to decide ahead of time how was I going to respond if the worst case scenario did indeed become a reality. 

As mentioned last time, when confronted with negative circumstances we can either have a temper tantrum or accept it and comply even if we don’t understand.

I could scream, stomp my foot, be angry at the doctors and God—be and remain miserable. Or I could accept God’s will and lean on His grace which He promised would be there to help me go through it.

The best choice is obvious, but I must admit it took me awhile to reach that place of compliance. (Maybe I’m not the only one who struggles here?)

Losing my ability to speak didn’t make sense. I was sure God was leading me to speak more—to use my gift of gab for Him. Was my service for the Lord over? It couldn’t be! So, I reasoned that if the worst thing happened, I could still speak by writing my words instead. That’s when I said to the Lord, “Ok, Lord. If that’s what You have ordained, so be it! Only help me!”

Once I determined that I would surrender and accept whatever the Lord has planned, peace came. Total peace.

Now I am not saying I never worried about my tongue situation again. Of course, I had moments of anxiety. But they were short-lived since I had already decided what I was going to do. Therefore, I didn’t have to live in that state of mind. And neither do you! We just need to follow through on our commitment.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Phil 4:6-8)

 

So my friends, what are you worried about? What is the worst possible thing that could happen in your situation? Go to the Father. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you reason it out, as you come to terms with it. Then decide ahead of time to accept whatever your sovereign Lord may allow, and how you could adapt to it—knowing in your heart that your faithful God will come through with His enabling grace to get you through it.

Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
(Ps 46:10 NASB)

 

P.S. All results were negative, but what a valuable lesson learned!

 

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We Can Accept God’s Will WITHOUT Understanding

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Inquiring minds want to know. In many ways I am like a cat—wanting to know and understand everything! Curiosity is good—up to a point. Just ask a cat who’s lost 8 of his 9 lives!

Although science is making new discoveries everyday, “The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know.” Frustration, doubt, fear, or hesitancy to move forward can all be a result of a lack of comprehension. But there’s good news:

We don’t need to know and understand something in order to accept it.

I don’t understand gravity but I accept it, lest I walk off the roof of a building plummeting to my demise.

I don’t know why my wonderful husband, Ed, loved me, but I’m so glad he did! I accepted it willingly.

I don’t need to know why:

  • The sky is blue
  • I can see color
  • I can hear music

–to appreciate their beauty.

I don’t have to fully understand:

  • The Trinity
  • How Jesus was both God and man simultaneously
  • Many biblical doctrines

–to believe it as truth.

I don’t need to understand:

  • How God will work out a particular situation
  • How my faithful Lord will keep a promise
  • All the details of my future

–to step out in faith and obey.

I don’t have comprehend or like the fact that:

  • I was born to the parents I had
  • I am a widow
  • A particular person has sinned against me

–to accept it and not fight God.

And I certainly don’t need to understand Christ’s atoning work and resurrection, in order to receive His free gift of eternal life. I am so grateful for that, aren’t you?! 

I really don’t want to know and understand what Christ experienced on the cross! 

You and I don’t have to fully grasp this awesome work to get saved! It’s simply a child-like act of faith to believe and receive. God even gives us the faith to believe (Eph 2:8).

I said a minute ago that we don’t need to like something either in order to accept it. We must come to accept that God is God and we’re not. But understand this:

God is good and everything He does is good. God loves you and what He is doing is for your ultimate welfare. (see Ps 119:68; Rom 8:28)

Oftentimes though, we don’t see how a negative circumstance will work for our benefit right away. However, God wants us to live by faith, not by sight (that is, having all the knowledge and understanding we want). Instead, we can focus on what we do know for sure—that God loves us. Accepting this vital truth will help us accept things we don’t understand or like.

We have a choice…

We can kick and scream when we don’t understand something or don’t get our way—much like a child throwing a temper tantrum!

Or

We can assent to our kind, loving, and all-wise Father’s will with as little complaining as possible—or at least try!

The quicker we do that, the less disruption there is to our joy, peace, and usefulness for God’s purposes.

So my friends, go and seek knowledge, gain understanding. There is much you can know and understand about our transcendent God. The Holy Spirit will reveal to you what you need to understand and when. What you cannot grasp, accept and move ahead in faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Pr 3:5-6)

You can learn more about understanding God’s ways here:

God's way

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How to be More Patient – Part 2: Understanding Time and Purpose

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Many of us want to be more patient, but struggle to do it. What we’re lacking is the know-how.

The Bible says:

A man’s wisdom gives him patience…. (Pr 19:11)

A patient man has great understanding…. (Pr 14:29)

So what we need is wisdom and understanding, which is available to us! (See Pr 2:1-11)

Let’s start with getting the right perspective of time which is not the easiest thing to comprehend, but here are a few things we know for sure:

  • Time is constant on earth, although our perception of time changes.
  • We all have the same amount of time in a day.
  • God created (Gen 1:1) and controls time.
  • God is eternal (Gen 21:33) and exists outside the realm of time (2 Pet 3:8).
  • God knows the past, present and future (Rom 11:33).
  • Life is fleeting (Ps 39:4; Jas 4:14).
  • In relation to eternity our lifespan is but a minuscule blip on its screen.

Although most of us value this limited commodity of time, we waste so much of it! We let the urgent “gotta do’s” crowd out the important. We do what’s at hand at the expense of the long-term important things—like our relationships with loved ones and God. Relationships require quality time to develop and maintain.

Oh, how often I have allowed “pressing” matters to interfere with spending undivided attention with my Lord and Savior! I lost out on many special moments of intimacy—and so did God!

We need to view time differently if we want to be more productive for the Lord and live a less stressful life!

I propose we invest time instead of spend it.

When you spend money it is gone. When you invest it, assets multiply.

Spending time implies that it goes by unproductively and uselessly. Investing time produces something for the future and/or for a worthwhile purpose.

We need to manage our time wisely just like we need to manage our money wisely. And the only way to do that is to place our time under God’s management. Consulting with God (=praying) will lead us to wisely use our time instead of just spending it.

This leads us to the fact that if we want to become more patient, we must know what our God-given purpose is. We are here for His purposes, His glory—not our own. (Eccl 12:13) When we get that straight, a lot of anxiety and frustration melt away. And you can know what God’s purpose is for you. (Visit the blog series on How to Know God’s Will for help.)

Tony Evans says that time and purpose are connected.

“If you don’t have a purpose, you will not use time wisely. You will waste it…abuse it…misuse it…and not learn from it.”1

By having your godly purpose in mind, you will not piddle away so much of your precious time. You will be more focused and therefore more efficient, producing lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Some of the practical things you can do is to look at your schedule and evaluate it in light of eternity and your God-given purpose.3

This life is not all there is. Developing an eternal perspective was a life-saver for me in the sea of grief as a widow. Instead of wasting what time I have left on earth with self-pity or self-gratification to ease my pain, I strive to use it for God’s purposes. The result has been a greater sense of significance and a strong conviction that God’s way is indeed worth it!

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. (Ps 39:4)

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do..  (Eph 2:10)

So until next time, my friends, invest your limited time toward your God-given purpose and you’ll be sure to develop more patience.

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1. See How to Control Your Emotions God’s Way for more help in dealing with your feelings. 

2. Tony Evans. The Urban Alternative Radio. WAVA. Arlington. Feb. 2013.

3. See my book From the Vertical to the Horizontal chapter 8 for a list of questions you could ask.

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5 Tips in Adjusting to Change More Quickly

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Are you struggling with the changes life brings? Are you having trouble accepting what God has allowed? Perhaps a hardship has radically changed your life!

Change is never easy and sometimes it just takes a while to accept our new circumstances.

But if we don’t adapt, we will be swallowed up by them!

I personally have had drastic and difficult changes in my life over these last few years:

  • The loss of my soulmate in 2010
  • Selling my beautiful home and garden in 2016 to live in an apartment
  • The loss of some important relationships
  • Moving out of state

Not to mention all the things going on with this ministry!

My life is so different now. Some of these changes have been good—really good; others extremely painful.

Most of us don’t like change, unless it’s our choice. Change is hard and inevitable. I heard it once said:

How well you deal with change reveals the level of your maturity.

Gratefully, you and I don’t have to adapt to these changes alone. If you are a child of the King, you have the incredible power of God residing within your very being!

We can grow up and learn to accept the certainty of change despite the uncertainties it brings. Here are…

5 Tips that Will Enable You to Adjust to Change More Quickly

1. Remember that variety is the spice of life

Life would be boring if everything and everyone remained the same!

2. God is unchangeable

Life may be full of variance, but God isn’t. 

“…I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)

3. We’re not in control but a good, wise, and loving God is

If we know, love, and trust the One causing or allowing the change, we can learn to relax and not get all stressed out. God’s ways are best–even when we don’t understand or like them. So let us be like King David who said…

The Lord is my rock…in whom I take refuge…. (Ps 18:2)

4. We will be changed and become more like Christ

Acceptance is really just another word for submission, which is what Jesus did His entire life. As we gaze upon Christ and His Word, we will be transformed as our minds are renewed (Rom 12:2).

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…. (2 Cor 3:18)*

This next one may be new to you.

5. Change is healthy

Did you know that doing something new stimulates the brain and keeps it young? Science has shown that even doing something old in a different way grows brain cells.[1] Ever notice how invigorated you feel when you plan a vacation? Why is that? Because it’s something new and different. It’s so amazing that God has designed our brains that way!

It’s also been proven that complaining negates the process of stimulating the brain and actually kills brain cells![2] (Wow, that in itself is good enough reason to become more grateful!)

We can use these scientific facts to our advantage. Instead of allowing the vacillating nature of life to cause us anxiety, we can use it as an opportunity to grow.

We are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor :17). That in itself is a very exciting biblical fact! Seeing the potential for growth in ourselves can spur us on to accept change and even to make changes.

So my friends,  focus on the good that change can bring. It’ll energize you on to new heights, new experiences, new ways to glorify God, new people to help, and new joys. You’ll need that as you go through new pains and new trials. So sing a new song with me this year!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving…! (Ps 95:1-2)

 

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My Favorite Word Picture for Submission

A flowing scarf, grass rustling in the slightness breeze, a buoy staying afloat despite tumultuous waves.

These are all word pictures that connote a compliant spirit.

And, of course, there’s the Scriptural picture of moldable clay.

“…Can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand….” (Jer 18:6)

But my favorite submission metaphor is one that God recently gave me.

I have an unusual cat, Rascal. He’s feisty but also has a submissive nature, at least to some degree. He often comes when I call, frequently stays on my lap when I pick him up. He lets me clean his gooky eyes which requires a firm but gentle wiping with a wet tissue. Rascal also allows me to clip his nails, provided I do so when he is calm and on my lap. This is in stark contrast to my first cat, Britty Brat. Nail clipping was a major ordeal. It took both my husband and I and it was always a dangerous endeavor!

What made the difference in Rascal?

Trust

When Rascal was just a kitten I would touch and fondle his paws without doing any clipping. Plus I’d stopped at the slightest resistance. He got used to it and realized no harm would come to him.

Can you and I do the same thing when it comes to our Lord? Rascal doesn’t like having his nails clipped, but he lets me remove those sharp claws. Since he sits on my lap often, I know if his nails need clipping, and which ones. I will not tolerate piercing nails into my skin when he wants to cuddle!

God won’t tolerate my sin either when I come into His presence and want to be close. Rascal doesn’t realize that he’s hurting me. Neither do I know I am hurting my Savior unless He tells me. When He does, I have a choice. 

I can be compliant by confessing, repenting and letting Him deal with that displeasing issue.

OR

I can run away like Rascal sometimes does.

If we go into God’s presence frequently, with an open and yielded heart, He can clip away those sinful areas—one at a time. It doesn’t have to be such an ordeal every time we go into His presence, fearful of what He may reveal. After all, if the Holy Spirit doesn’t expose where we are wrong how in the world could we ever change any offensive thinking or behavior? One cannot force relational intimacy. Both parties must desire it. God wants you to know Him in a deeply profound way.

Will you let Him have His perfect way in you?

Of all these wonderful metaphors, my amenable Rascal is my favorite because I can relate to this word picture more than all the others. He’s not completely yielded—just like me. After all, he is just a cat and I am only human.

Wait that’s not totally true! I am not only human. I have a new nature, a divine-like nature given to me when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior (2 Cor 5:17).

Therefore, I can learn to respond in my new nature. Plus, my new nature wants to be more compliant (unlike my kitty). I can learn to be submissive. And so can you!

Stay tuned for my next blog on learning how.

 

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Learning to be Content: A Personal Example

It was December 5, 2005. A home remedy* for cleaning rugs nearly killed me! Although my life was spared, my nasal passages were not. I tried to remedy the injury myself, but only worsened it! (I hadn’t learned my lesson yet about home remedies.) Now my taste and smell were greatly distorted.

This problem was ever before me. I couldn’t get away from it! One has to eat you know. Being Italian, I love food. With no exaggeration, there were less than 5 things that I could partly enjoy. Just the smell of onions and garlic repulsed me. No Italian or Chinese cuisine for me!

I was so unhappy and discontented. I prayed about it, but couldn’t get the victory; couldn’t get peace. I was desperate and knew I needed drastic intervention from God. As I implored God for help, He led me to do an in-depth Bible study on satisfaction in Christ alone. Prior to that, I had only done a very small scale study on contentment which proved insufficient for my current situation. For months I dug into the Bible for answers. Oh, what treasures I found!

I also specifically asked God for practical tips in dealing with my issue. Then I took action. For example, I wrote down the foods and recipes I could tolerate. I then experimented with modifying some of my recipes and trying new ones. Additionally, I explored medical assistance by going to various specialists.

During this time, I had a wonderful husband who was dealing with cancer. He was already going through so much! I didn’t want to add to his hardship with griping. Plus, complaining didn’t help me or please God. So when the ever-present distorted smell and taste got to me, I emphatically repeated God’s truths to my soul.

My Savior saved me from constantly sinning in my state of dissatisfaction. Eventually, He transformed my mind and heart as I did my part. I became increasingly less discontented with my situation. I made the best of it. I gained information so I could change what I could, and accept what I couldn’t—all with the divine help of God.

Many wonderful things have resulted from this long 12+ year trial:

~First, my priorities are more in line with God’s. He has become more important to me than anything, including food. I’ve learned how to better submit to Him and put Him first in everything.

~Jesus also taught me that He is indeed enough! A truth I needed to grasp if I was going to, not only survive, but thrive as a widow which occurred about 3 years later.

~On top of that, this hardship has provided many opportunities to glorify God; to tell others how the Lord has helped me and continues to help me not complain, but accept whatever He allows. Now I have a blog series on this topic, a website based on the abundant life in general, and a freebie to help you. Interesting, huh? Romans 8:28-29 in action!

By the way, my taste and smell issue is much better! I am very grateful for the improvement. However, I am not expecting to fully regain my senses here on earth. I only know that at the wedding feast of the Lamb in heaven (Rev 19:9) it will be a glorious feast for me and all others who have had to deal with eating limitations!

Until then, I will find my satisfaction in Christ alone!

Don’t forget to grab your free worksheet to determine how to achieve victory in your circumstances. Oh, and beware of home remedies!

 

*NEVER mix ammonia with dishwasher detergent or anything that contains bleach!

When You Don’t Understand Your Difficult Circumstances—Ask THIS

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Out of the blue—just 2 months prior to my greatly anticipated hiking trip to Utah—my excruciating sciatica pain was back! “It can’t be,” I agonized! “I don’t understand!”

That was 2 ½ years ago. Not being able to stand or walk for more than a few minutes without overwhelming pain is hard for anyone, especially one with a type A personality!

The return of another bout with my back produced additional anxiety. Would I have to leave my much-loved home and garden because of the inability to maintain them?

I was not a happy camper and I didn’t respond well to this recurring issue. I wasn’t able to shake my negative attitude and found myself often in a state of discontentment and complaint. I couldn’t (rather wouldn’t) accept my circumstances.

Finally, unable to stand my misery any longer, I knew what I needed to do: stop fighting God and surrender. My prayer changed from…

“Please heal me!”

TO

“Please help me to endure this pain. Use it somehow for Your glory. Don’t let me waste the pain.”

Immediately my joy and peace were restored!

You see, I had remembered a lesson learned 9 years ago. I had to grapple with the fact that my husband’s cancer had metastasized. While trying to accept the bad news, God led me to ask this question, “What would give God the greatest glory—healing Ed or sustaining us with unexplainable joy and peace?” The answer became immediately obvious—the latter.

So I surrendered and…

I have seen God use it for His glory in many ways these last 9 years!

We would prefer to see God display His glory by answering our prayer our way. But suppose God wants to display His glory in a different way—one that doesn’t make sense to us?

The Bible tells us we were created for His glory and pleasure.

“Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.” (Is 43:7)

Our main purpose in life is to demonstrate God’s glory; to make Him known to a hurting, dark world.

Therefore, when dealing with baffling circumstances, ask yourself the same question God posed to me 9 years ago:

Which would be a greater manifestation of God’s glory? Which miracle would:

  • Lead more people to Christ?
  • Make me or others more like Christ?
  • Grow my faith more?
  • Show God’s love, care, or power more?

With this in mind, it’ll be easier to accept whatever God may allow. Whether it’s cancer, a recurring health issue, a wayward child, or an extreme emotional hurt, God will use it for His glory and greater purposes.

Don’t miss the blessing and stay miserable with a hard, unaccepting heart!

God could be setting Himself up to show off—to display His great power and glory to the world through you. Cooperate with Him. It’ll be worth it!

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4:11 KJV)

 

So my friends, the next time you are dealing with some difficult circumstance, ask this question:

“What would give God the greatest glory here?”

and then respond accordingly!

 

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Understanding isn’t a Requirement for Accepting

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Inquiring minds want to know. In many ways I am like a cat—wanting to know and understand everything! Curiosity is good—up to a point. Just ask a cat who’s lost 8 of his 9 lives!

Although science is making new discoveries everyday, “The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know.” Frustration, doubt, fear, or hesitancy to move forward can all be a result of a lack of comprehension. But there’s good news:

We don’t need to know and understand something in order to accept it.

I don’t understand gravity but I accept it, lest I walk off the roof of a building plummeting to my demise.

I don’t know why my wonderful husband, Ed, loved me, but I’m so glad he did! I accepted it willingly.

I don’t need to know why:

  • The sky is blue
  • I can see color
  • I can hear music

–to appreciate their beauty.

I don’t have to fully understand:

  • The Trinity
  • How Jesus was both God and man simultaneously
  • Many biblical doctrines

–to believe it as truth.

I don’t need to understand:

  • How God will work out a particular situation
  • How my faithful Lord will keep a promise
  • All the details of my future

–to step out in faith and obey.

I don’t have comprehend or like the fact that:

  • I was born to the parents I had
  • I am a widow
  • A particular person has sinned against me

–to accept it and not fight God.

And I certainly don’t need to understand Christ’s atoning work and resurrection, in order to receive His free gift of eternal life. I am so grateful for that, aren’t you?! 

I really don’t want to know and understand what Christ experienced on the cross! 

You and I don’t have to wait to wholly grasp this awesome work to get saved! It’s simply a child-like act of faith to believe and receive. God even gives us the faith to believe (Eph 2:8).

I said a minute ago that we don’t need to like something either in order to accept it. We must come to accept that God is God and we’re not. But understand this:

God is good and everything He does is good. God loves you and what He is doing is for your ultimate welfare. (see Ps 119:68; Rom 8:28)

Often we just don’t see that right away. God wants us to live by faith, not by sight (=knowledge and understanding). Knowing that He loves us helps to accept the mysteries of life.

We could kick and scream when we don’t understand something or don’t get our way—much like a child throwing a temper tantrum!

Or

We can quickly assent to His sovereign control, and do so with joy, or at least try not to complain.

The quicker we do that, the less disruption there is to our joy, peace, and usefulness for God’s purposes.

Go and seek knowledge; gain understanding. God will reveal to you what you need to understand and when. We can know many things—even about our transcendent God.

What you cannot grasp, accept and move ahead in faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; 

in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
(Pr 3:5-6)

 

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