One thing I don’t want this blog to be is just a site to come to and read. I want people to come to this page and, yes read, but also find different sources, reading martial, and really just different ways to grow in their walk with God. So I don’t want it to just be my words, I want to share what I have learned and read recently that I have seen truths that apply to me right now and hopefully can be applied to others lives. I love doing my own quiet time and wanting to write all that I have learned and seen in The Word that morning. I want to share the little bits of power and grace I have seen in the day. But I want who ever reads this to grow in their faith and walk daily with God in their own way, their own steps, and by using His light.
I use the Bible app on my phone sometimes. A lot when I don’t have much to do I try my hardest to go towards a devotional instead of scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. It is much easier said then done. But I still try. One of the studies I have been doing on this app Is called ” Streams in the desert”. Oh goodness, it is SO good! It speaks so much truth into a time of a dry season in life. Which is just what you need no matter what season you are in — truth. Speaking truth is also speaking life. I wanted to share one of the devotionals from that study, that way I can also go back to it myself.
It Is For Him.
“God will make our obstacles serve His purposes. We all have mountains in our lives, and often they are people and things that threaten to block the progress of our spiritual life. The obstacles may be untruths told about us; a difficult occupation; “a thorn in [the] flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7); or our daily cross. And often we pray for their removal, for we tend to think that if only these were removed, we would live a more tender, pure and holy life.
“How foolish you are, and how slow to believe … !” (Luke 24:25). These are the very conditions we need for achievement, and they have been put in our lives as the means of producing the gifts and qualities for which we have been praying so long. We pray for patience for many years, and when something begins to test us beyond our endurance, we run from it. We try to avoid it, we see it as some insurmountable obstacle to our desired goal, and we believe that if it was removed, we would experience immediate deliverance and victory.
This is not true! … The only way genuine patience can be acquired is by enduring the very trials that seem so unbearable today.
Turn from your running and submit. Claim by faith to be a partaker in the patience of Jesus and face your trials in him. There is nothing in your life that distresses or concerns you that cannot become submissive to the highest purpose. Remember, they are God’s mountains. He puts them there for a reason, and we know he will never fail to keep his promise.”
– Streams In the Desert
TURN FROM YOUR RUNNING AND SUBMIT
We aren’t just submitting to God out of reverence and knowing His power as our God and savior. We are to submit our lives, wishes, desires, trials, and everything else. Good or bad. We ask for so many things, but when we are going through something we don’t realize we are actually getting what we asked for.
We ask for joy in the hurt, but we don’t realize to know true joy you have to see real hurt. We ask for patience in the circumstance, but we don’t realize to get patience we have to have patience and grow it in the circumstance. Slow down and see the thing you want to achieve is coming out of what you are doing right now. You want to be more loving even in the hard situations? You’ll learn how to be more loving because of that situation. The relationship we have with God isn’t a genie bottle. We can’t use one of our three wishes and wish for more wishes. This isn’t how the walk with our creator is. This walk is a learning an growing curve that is molding us to be His children and His people. This is the walk we have and the path we are taking to be more like Him and bring Him glory. The suffering, waiting, blessings, and trials aren’t for nothing. In all of those we are being taught by our Father how to endure and persevere in His name.
In all of it, what we really gain is a deeper understanding of who our King is and who He calls us to be.
God isn’t giving us a clear shot into a perfect life. As much as we wish God would straight up text us and say “This will be over in so and so time, don’t worry you got some good stuff coming to you”. That makes our path to seen for us and doesn’t give us a chance to reach out for God and let Him lead and be our Father. He wouldn’t be much of our powerful God if there were things we didn’t know and things were seen. There is no power in Him if we knew it all.
The purpose for anything we go through isn’t for nothing, it is a simple but hard way that He shows us He loves us enough to let us grow, help us grow, and teach us to grow. Why are we trying to run from it and trying to avoid it? The hurt is inevitable, but if we see that there can be more of God in it then we should be willing to rest and see Him work in it. This isn’t a give and take relationship, this is a give and Father us me.
If we had a perfect life how would we look forward to eternity? If we had everything we wanted and asked God for then there wouldn’t be anything else to run to Him with and submit to Him for. I am not saying we are going to God only for things. I am saying we should be running and submitting to a character that is like His and that is being grown into the patience, love, kindness, and gentleness that is our God. The promises He gives us is to teach us to be like Him and grow us into the saints He desires us to be. We aren’t chosen people to be mundane. We aren’t mundane, we are a promised nation rooted in the faith of a saving grace to which there is no end!
We are chosen people for His purpose, our growth, relationship, and also to be made like Him through every single thing that happens in our lives. We are a chosen people for Him.