Lately I’ve been struggling. In the grand scheme of things my worries and troubles do not compare to the hardships others face, yet they are mine. I am grateful to have a mother that encourages me through all my trials and heart aches. Today she sent me a beautiful email of encouragement and I thought I would share it with you in the hope that it will help you see through your struggles and focus on “the bigger picture”.
“Sometimes I feel like I can not hear God speak…………..and He seems silent for a long while. While other times I feel like He is speaking to me at every bend in the road and through every one and every thing.
This week has been very humbling, as this has been a week when I’m hearing around every corner. The Bible study I am currently studying with a few neighbors, and the Video Bible study my small group is following this summer, and the current struggles in my own heart, have all pointed me to one central truth: God is sovereign and He decides!
Lately I have found myself struggling with the mass confusion of the world and the awful decline of morality in people at large. I have been wrestling with the world issue of hungry and dying children and the rampant evil evidenced everywhere you turn.
Yes, I believe the Bible is absolute Truth, flawless and eternal; but I have wrestled with God’s control over things; including things in my own life.
As I have reached midlife, I have begun to struggle all over again with why God has not done certain things yet and why He has allowed others.
We are bombarded with so much information now, and the amount of “bad” reports and “bad” news we get on a daily basis, that I believe it is just plain unhealthy
To add to my inner battles, a friend called this am and was struggling with her family stuff and the “whys” in her own life; why hasn’t God caused prosperity in her life, or her kids’ lives when they love and seek God, and why
does their have to be the same old struggles of old; doesn’t God give victory in our lives and take back ground?
Here are some of the verses God has spoken in my heart
from studying this week, where I felt God answering these questions:
for God alone decides the matter, HE IS THE MOST HIGH GOD,
and who am I to question the Creator of all, the creator,of my person who has given me my life and knows my inmost parts.
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion and His kingdom endures from generation to generation…..All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heavens and among the inhabitants of the earth. and no one can ward off His hand or say to HIm, “what have You done?”
…..for He is able to humble those who walk in pride. Daniel 40:35 & 37
“It is I who put to death and give life, I have wounded and it is I who heal”………….Duet. 32:39
“The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and rich, He brings low, He also exalts.” I Samuel 2:6 & 7
“I am the Lord and there is no other; besides me there is no God. The one forming light and creating darkness; causing well being and creating calamity;
I am the Lord who does all these,” Isaiah 45:5
Psalm 33:11 “The counsel of the Lord stands forever; the plans of His heart from generation to generation.”
Many are the plans of a mans heart, but the Lord determines his steps.
I think it’s important to remember These truths about who God is when we find ourselves wrestling with the “whys” of things in our life at any given time.
Proverbs 16:33 ” The lot is cast into the lap, but the Lord decides every decision of it.”
Wow, meditate on that for a while……………Our Lord allows the place of each of our lives, He alone planned our lives, He alone gave us breath and has ordered our days; He alone has the sovereign control over the destiny of our lives, and He is worthy of praise ir-regardless of what life on earth has been like for us.
What I fail to grasp most is that His plan for me is part of His Bigger plan ………….. The Big Picture of His everlasting Dominion, and Eternity is what I need to stay mindful of! The bigger picture involves me being a part of others coming into His kingdom; and that is why we are here……………to transfer from the dominion of darkness to His Eternal Kingdom of light and to help others do the same.
Colossions 1:13-16 reads:
“For He (God) has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
I have been so humbled for asking God so many “whys” lately………………and He has gently dealt with me & my pride for asking and questioning His ways.
I am so grateful for a heavenly Father who loves me personally and who speaks to the questions of my heart through His living Word.
I’m much better off emotionally when I keep a perspective of His bigger picture; which includes a lost and destitute world of others, and not just my world.
…….which includes a portion of my time investing in others knowing such a gracious God, and my mind giving thought to how God is leading me to do that.
I’ve not been put here to just live a good life for me, but to glorify God with the talents and provisions He has given me, and to in turn point to His Truth with them.
God Bless You! Love you!