When we don’t understand

These words  are a part of an album by Jeff Deyo…..”When it comes to understanding God, we seem to have trouble keeping in balance, people see Him differently. God is a God of balance, He is both meek and strong, merciful, and judgemental, tender and harsh, gracious and bold.  One of the most misunderstood things about God is whether to approach him as King or friend. The Bible makes it clear that He is the King of kings, but Jesus also calls us His friends. Psalm 2 :11 tells us to serve the Lord with reverence, fear, and to rejoice with trembling.

Two seemingly opposite ideas. Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a time for everything, a time for weeping, a time for dancing, a time to be still and a time to speak up. Most people seem satisfied to approach God however they feel instead of how He requires. The real key is to relate to God in all His glory because otherwise we set ourselves up to a version of God that we created, so if your the type of person that finds it easy to lean on His Grace and come boldly before His throne, it may be time to restore the fear in your life. God is King and Lord and He can strike us down if He chooses. This is new and Old Testament theology. If you spent your whole life trembling before God and see Him as an impersonal, far away being, unapproachable, you may want to ask to see Him to help you understand Him as the Dad and intimate friend He is.

Sometimes I don’t understand everything, then it becomes a “weakness” in me.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that I am not defined by this weakness.  Since I am Your child, I am defined by what You accomplished on the cross. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, I can wake up every morning and live life knowing that no matter what I do, think, say, or feel–the cross covers it. Because You offered up Your own beloved Son, I can have peace with You and can face each day with fresh hope and grace.  Help me to focus on what is true, and not focus on how I feel. As I sit before the cross, help me to gain a new appreciation for what it actually means for me on a daily basis.

Help me to embrace my weakness as a gift. Remind me that my weakness allows You to work through me even when I am so very weak and feel as though I can do nothing. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Through this time, I pray that you would enlarge my heart that I might love and obey You, and love others more deeply. (Psalm 119:32; Galatians 6:2; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Amen


Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths

I got this from my Study Bible in  Kingdom Dynamics

Intimacy and Spiritual Breakthrough. FAITH’S WARFARE. Two words in this passage are especially significant–the words “do” and “seek”..
The word “do” (Hebrew derek) is literally  “ways” and means “a road, a course, or a mode of action.” It suggests specific opportunities a person may encounter on a recurring basis. The most common “segment of opportunity”  we experience regularly is each new day. It is as if this passage suggests that in all our “days” we should acknowledge God, and in doing so, He will direct our paths.
Of equal significance is the word “seek” (Hebrew yada) Elsewhere yada‘ is translated “know”, meaning to know by observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. But the highest level of yada’ is in “direct intimate contact.” This refers to life-giving intimacy, as in marriage. Applied to a spiritual context, ir suggests an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories. Joined to our Proverbs test, we might conclude that if in all our “days” we maintain yada’(direct, intimate contact with God), God promises to direct our paths toward fruitful, life-begetting endeavors.

 

God wants to use me as His voice and light in this dark world. So I want to be His voice to my friends and neighbors. May He break the spirit of discouragement over my life in the name of Jesus and give me great joy in His love. I need not fear or be discouraged. He is with me.  I know that I need to believe and trust God even when I don’t understand everything – I need to walk in minute-by-minute obedience – and daily pray God’s Word over my life and be faithful in the small things – by prayerfully giving thanks and resisting discouragement in Jesus’ name. When I put my hope in You God, I know you will deliver me.“‘Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged’” (Deuteronomy 1:21).

 

One thought on “When we don’t understand

  1. Amen. Beautiful Sandy. You touched on so many good points. The cross covers it all. We are free to trust….free to grow….and freely receive both the grace and mercy of God Almighty with the awesome reverence and respect He deserves. How true indeed that we are called to serve . . . . to demonstrate with our very lives in a way that others will taste and see that the Lord is good. I say Amen again to your prayer that fits in so well with God’s will for His children. Thank-you Sandy for sharing your heart and for taking the time to write it down that others may also glean and be blessed. Love, Mary

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