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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 7 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

“What’s wrong with me?”

 

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever asked that question. I didn’t word it exactly that way, but in January of 1995 I did pose the premise to Father God. More along the lines of, “Your Word says this, and my life is this. You’re God, so the problem must be in me.”

 

“Sit down,” He said. “This is going to take a while.”

 

Who hasn’t asked that at least once? Where is God? Doesn’t He care? Why doesn’t He do something?

 

He does not step out for some other, more important task. He is never distracted, nor is He ever late.

 

He is, however, God. And His ways are not ours.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “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

 

A few weeks ago I mentioned a book I had read, Living the Lord’s Prayer. And in it, the author (whose name escapes me) gives a vivid image of God vs man.

 

 

Pretty simple illustration. But so profound.

 

Basically, we’re not God. He sees and knows things that we cannot begin to understand. And when we have questions, sometimes we have to do the thing that goes against every fiber of our natural being, and accept the unacceptable.

 

Let me be brutally honest. I’ve been in a difficult season. And it has languished for so very long I feel like quitting. Giving up. I can’t, and I won’t. But I feel helpless and frustrated and so damned tired. And not a little bit angry. I’ve fended off depressions trying to creep back over me—I REFUSE to fall back into that abyss.

 

Add to that the waves of fatigue and weakness associated with RA, and the mysterious lack of words to write…

 

Everyone has hard days. God never promised any of us a rose garden. Even in the center of God’s will for your life, it won’t all be easy. Going through valleys is normal, and inevitable. You are either in one now, just got out of one, or will be going back into another one. God is more than the God of the mountain tops; He’s the God of the valleys too!

 

Think about Joseph in the Bible, and Job. These were two men that were righteous and who sought to honor God with their lives! They didn’t do anything wrong, yet they both had to endure hard days, and much suffering. It seemed like their journeys took them through valleys more often than not, but in the end, they came out on the other side!

 

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. Job 23: 10-11

 

The same can be true for you—and me, too. Just because you are going through a hard time doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Hard days and seasons come to all of us.

 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good , and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45

 

As a child doesn’t grasp how a parent provides food and toys, neither do we always grasp what Father God is doing. And as ingredients subjected to heat become bread or a cake, we don’t see how it happens. Neither do we always see how Father God manifests His will for us.

 

But know this—He is always working all things for our good. Sometimes, perhaps usually, “behind the scenes,” where we can’t, or don’t, see.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Not all things in life are from His hand. And while yes, He does bring us to difficult things to test us, I would venture to say that the vast majority of hardships in our lives are by our own hand.

 

But God.

 

He is ever faithful, and takes those very things borne of our own stupidity or ignorance or negligence—or just by being in this world—and brings about His blessing and goodness to us who love Him.

 

That path to the rainbow will be different for each one of us. Betimes, He bids us, “be still,” or “wait,” or “trust Me.” Other times, He shows us what to do, what to say, where to seek help. But only when we pause to hear His voice, for we will only hear Him when we pause to listen.

 

Always, always seek His face. And as we know the sun is behind the clouds on a rainy day, so too, we know Father is there and he has not changed when circumstances cloud our faith.

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Where is God When Things Go Wrong, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Job 23:10-11, Matthew 5:45, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 3 March 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

 

Who hasn’t asked that at least once? Where is God? Doesn’t He care? Why doesn’t He do something?

 

He does not step out for some other, more important task. He is never distracted, nor is He ever late.

 

He is, however, God. And His ways are not ours.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “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

 

A few weeks ago I mentioned a book I had read, Living the Lord’s Prayer. And in it, the author (whose name escapes me) gives a vivid image of God vs man.

 

Pretty simple illustration. But so profound.

 

Basically, we’re not God. He sees and knows things that we cannot begin to understand. And when we have questions, sometimes we have to do the thing that goes against every fiber of our natural being, and accept the unacceptable.

 

Let me be brutally honest. I’ve been in a difficult season. And it has languished for so very long I feel like quitting. Giving up. I can’t, and I won’t. But I feel helpless and frustrated and so damned tired. And not a little bit angry. I’ve fended off depressions trying to creep back over me—I REFUSE to fall back into that abyss.

Add to that the waves of fatigue and weakness associated with RA, and the mysterious lack of words to write…

 

Everyone has hard days. God never promised any of us a rose garden. Even in the center of God’s will for your life, it won’t all be easy. Going through valleys is normal, and inevitable. You are either in one now, just got out of one, or are going back into another one. God is more than the God of the mountain tops; He’s the God of the valleys too!

 

Think about Joseph and Job in the Bible. These were two men that were righteous and who sought to honor God with their lives! They didn’t do anything wrong, yet they both had to endure hard days, and much suffering. It seemed like their journeys took them through valleys more often than not, but in the end, they came out on the other side!

 

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. Job 23: 10-11

 

The same can be true for you. Just because you are going through a hard time doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Hard days and seasons come to all of us.

 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45

 

As a child doesn’t grasp how a parent provides food and toys, neither do we always grasp what Father God is doing. And as ingredients subjected to heat become bread or a cake, we don’t see how it happens. Neither do we always see how Father God manifests His will for us.

 

But know this—He is always working all things for our good. Sometimes, perhaps usually, “behind the scenes,” where we can’t, or don’t, see.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Not all things in life are from His hand. And while yes, He does bring us to difficult things to test us, I would venture to say that the vast majority of hardships in our lives are by our own hand.

 

But God.

 

He is ever faithful, and takes those very things borne of our own stupidity or ignorance or negligence, and brings about His blessing and goodness to us who love Him.

 

Always, always seek His face. And as we know the sun is behind the clouds on a rainy day, so too, we know Father is there and he has not changed when circumstances cloud our faith.

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Where is God When Things Go Wrong, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Job 23:10-11, Matthew 5:45, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 July 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

 

“Just get me home.” I mumbled—begged—in prayer numerous times.

I had been to a memorial service for a special friend. It was twenty miles from my house and the gas gauge was already hovering near empty. As I cruised down the interstate on the way home, I kept thinking, “If I run out now, I can call….” I was hard pressed to decide who I could ask to come rescue me. As I got closer, it turned into, “If I run out now, it’s only XX miles to walk…” And the closer I got, the easier the walk would be.

Then I pulled off of I-85 onto the exit toward my house, and He asked me, “Is that all you want? Just to get home?”

Ummm… “Well, in this moment, yeah. Kinda…”

That shook me. Shook the core of my faith. What was I asking for? Just enough to get by? Or truly Father’s best for me? Because His best is far more than “just get me home.”

His best for me?

 

Isn’t God’s best more—far more—than “just get me home?” More than “just” anything?

So, then, what of my asking? Is it not more humble to ask for “just” what I need? I don’t believe so. And not so I can be a blessing, only. (that’s ‘nother post for ‘nother time) God is God of the infinite. There is no end to Him—or to His source and supply. And if He is my source and supply… then my needs should never go unmet, nor my prayers unanswered. (that goes more to me not listening (or asking askew) but that’s another ‘nother post for ‘nother time)

The effective, fervent prayer…

 

Are my prayers fervent? Well, in my ignorance / lack of knowledge, I was begging and wailing—I think that counts as fervent. And as my faith has grown—in direct correlation to my knowledge of the Word—my prayers have become less begg-y and more confident, deeper felt, and much more fervent.

As to effective, that goes with knowledge. For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will. As I became more filled with His Word, my prayers began to line up with His will, and are therefore more effective—and powerful—and no more striving.

I no longer pray, “just.” I speak Father’s Word, which is His will, and I know He will honor my prayers. I’m bold in my prayers, and don’t shy away from “big” requests. Really, is anything too big for God?

 

Oh, and that afternoon? Ya, He used that to teach me a pointed lesson. I got home, breathing a sigh of relief as I pulled in by the house. Next day, though, when I went to run errands, it wouldn’t start. You guessed it, on empty. He gave me exactly what I asked for.

Lesson learned.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Just Get Me Home, Ask and Ye Shall Receive, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Ephesians 3:20, James 5:16, Effective Fervent Prayer, Pray the Word

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 July 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – JUST GET ME HOME

 

“Just get me home.” I mumbled—begged—in prayer numerous times.

I had been to a memorial service for a special friend. It was twenty miles from my house and the gas gauge was already hovering near empty. As I cruised down the interstate on the way home, I kept thinking, “If I run out now, I can call….” I was hard pressed to decide who I could ask to come rescue me. As I got closer, it turned into, “If I run out now, it’s only XX miles to walk…” And the closer I got, the easier the walk would be.

Then I pulled off of I-85 onto the exit toward my house, and He asked me, “Is that all you want? Just to get home?”

Ummm… “Well, in this moment, yeah. Kinda…”

That shook me. Shook the core of my faith. What was I asking for? Just enough to get by? Or truly Father’s best for me? Because His best is far more than “just get me home.”

His best for me?

 

Isn’t God’s best more—far more—than “just get me home?” More than “just” anything?

So, then, what of my asking? Is it not more humble to ask for “just” what I need? I don’t believe so. And not so I can be a blessing, only. (that’s ‘nother post for ‘nother time) God is God of the infinite. There is no end to Him—or to His source and supply. And if He is my source and supply… then my needs should never go unmet, nor my prayers unanswered. (that goes more to me not listening (or asking askew) but that’s another ‘nother post for ‘nother time)

The effective, fervent prayer…

 

Are my prayers fervent? Well, in my ignorance / lack of knowledge, I was begging and wailing—I think that counts as fervent. And as my faith has grown—in direct correlation to my knowledge of the Word—my prayers have become less begg-y and more confident, deeper felt, and much more fervent.

As to effective, that goes with knowledge. For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will. As I became more filled with His Word, my prayers began to line up with His will, and are therefore more effective—and powerful—and no more striving.

I no longer pray, “just.” I speak Father’s Word, which is His will, and I know He will honor my prayers. I’m bold in my prayers, and don’t shy away from “big” requests. Really, is anything too big for God?

 

Oh, and that afternoon? Ya, He used that to teach me a pointed lesson. I got home, breathing a sigh of relief as I pulled in by the house. Next day, though, when I went to run errands, it wouldn’t start. You guessed it, on empty. He gave me exactly what I asked for.

Lesson learned.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Just Get Me Home, Ask and Ye Shall Receive, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Ephesians 3:20, James 5:16, Effective Fervent Prayer, Pray the Word

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