As Authentic Believers, as long as our days remain on this earth, we are faced with a dichotomy of priorities and choices. Both may seem wholesome and hold a promise of natural blessings; yet only one is the perfect will for that moment of time in our life.
Sometimes life feels like God turns His heart and hand against us, because He leads us to walk in darkness for a season, rather than in His light (Lamentations 1:1-3). This is when we cling to Him closer still.
We have no right to complain or to rail against God when we pay the consequences for our sins. Instead, God calls us to take a searching moral inventory of the way we are living, and to turn our eyes on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2; Lamentations 3:39-40).
God may allow our body to reap the consequences of our behavior, which may be painful and result in bodily harm (Lamentations 3:4-6). He may even hedge us in, so that we get the full effect of these results of our behavior (Lamentations 3:7). Often, pain is our best teacher in this life (Lamentations 3:19).
However, God promises to shower His Saints with His mercy and to give us the unmerited favor of His grace (Lamentations 3:21-22). As we wait on Him with hope in our heart, and seek His face each moment of our day, the Lord shows only good to us (Lamentations 3:25).
In our stubbornness and pride, God often has to push us beyond what we can humanly endure, so we realize our need to cling to Him through every circumstance. God always gives us second chances, and sometime several opportunities to walk in His will.
We still reap what we sow from all of our choices. This can cause frustrating circumstances, ill health or major disruptions in our life. However, God always, ultimately blesses us with His goodness and joy (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Father God, in Your mercy, You often allow us to suffer deep loss and deprivation in order to turn our heart to You. We learn that You alone are faithful to us at all times and in all things (Lamentations 3:32-33). Often, we turn our back on You, believing Satan's lie that You let us down, that You are sadistic or that You are unfaithful.
Yet, if we remain steadfast in our relationship with You in the face of every fiery furnace, we soon learn that You are right there in the fire with us, keeping us from the effects of the smoke and rejoicing with us in dancing in the midst of the flames (Daniel 3:25). We rejoice in Your presence and depend on Your Spirit for comfort, safety and direction each moment of every day.
Thought for the Day:
God calls us to focus our energy and actions on pursuits which promote our storing up treasure in heaven rather than on this earth; this only occurs as we walk by His Word and in His ways, demonstrate His love with our example, and stand firm in His calling on our life.