Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen..

How many times have we felt that way ? Seems like trouble can come out of the wood work sometimes. It may feel that no one understands and you are all alone.The good news is that you are not alone. God is right along with you. The truth is that God can use whatever problem we experience in our life. He will use our problems to:
 
1). Direct us – Sometimes we may need a little motivation is needed to get going in the right direction. Proverbs 20:30.
2). Inspect Us -Others are watching to see what comes out of us when we get into “hot water”. We become like that tea bag that gets steeped in hot water. James 1:2-3
3). Correct Us – We can have the tendency to think we know all there is to know about our circumstances. Trials and tribulations come along to remind us of our dependency on Him. Ps. 119:71-72
4). Protect Us: There are times that we can have situations arise and appears to be an inconveinence.  But because of that inconveinence we were protected from something that was meant to do us harm. Gen. 50:20
5). Perfect Us – When we respond to the problems correctly it will build character- a more Godly character. God is more concerned for our character than our comfort. Rom.5:3-4
 
God is faithful to see us through whatever trouble comes our way. When we give it all to him he will watch over His Word to see it (His Promises) fulfilled. We serve a faithful God . He will works all things together for our good. God Loves us and continues to shape us into the image of Him.
Part of the Journey…
 
 


Even When We Run…

Looking at the story of Jonah we see how God had ordered the steps of Jonah. When it came time to make those footsteps a reality Jonah ran the other direction. Jonah ran away from God! How many times have we found that we get to a certain point with God  and we can’t seem to take the next step. Sometimes that next step to full obedience of being sold out to Him seems like an impossiblity. So in our rebellion, we become like Jonah and get out of Dodge (or in Jonah’s case, Ninevah). 
Even in his running, God still  looked out for  Jonah. He continued to provide for Jonah’s safety. His hand was still upon him.Here was Jonah in full blown rebellion and God still cared for him. The greatest news of all is that Jonah finally submitted to the will of God. Our most loving and caring Father returns Jonah right back to where he left Him.
How exciting it is to know that even when we blatantly disobey, He cares enough to return us where we left Him!
God’s Word is true…”He will never leave us or forsake us.”
 
Obedience in the Journey
 


Our Past Is Past

 


God’s Choice

We know that God is the great creator. He speaks and things are created. But there are times that God makes choices that seemingly makes no sense to us. During those times we can scratch our head and wonder out loud, “What are you thinking God?” Sometimes our great creator, our all wise and infinite God just doesn’t make sense to our limited natural mind.  Take the account of Jesse with his sons and the selection of the next King. Jesse presents his sons who were strong in stature, handsome and well experience in the battlefield. These strapping young men are not who God would choose. Samuel then asks if there are anymore sons. Lo’ and behold, there is one more son! David is brought in from the fields. David the youngest, smallest and the most inexperience in battle stands before Samuel.
This is God’s choice! “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Our human mind has the tendency to make assumptions based on appearances. While to us some of the choices that God makes doesn’t always make sense to  us, we need to remember that He sees the big picture. He sees our future! He sees our heart! David who had a heart for sheep, creatures who must rely on their shepherd for shelter, safety and nourishment. David grows from shepherd to King!
Trusting God to guide & direct our footsteps of our life is so necessary. We know that God chooses and creates a path for each of us. We may not always understand the why? or how come? We can trust that He sees our heart. He is growing us from shepherd to King.
Enjoy the Journey!