When discouragement attempts to sneak in at anytime, Joseph immediately comes to thought. It seemed he had one challenge after another and he continued to grow spiritually. Anyone familiar with this story knows that the same brothers that had plotted to kill him but sold him into slavery instead, later in life they owed their very existence to him. They had to come to him for food. I never read this without going to Romans 8:28 which reads “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Every challenge he faced was necessary for his growth, but he was never separated from God and neither are we. Whenever I feel I am stuck, I simply remind myself that I just cannot see the entire picture yet, but I know it is always good since my life is guided by God and it will soon be revealed to me.
Claude Monet, the famous artist reportedly said “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it was necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” So often, when I am experiencing a challenge in my life, my first question I ask myself is “Where do I need to love more?” When I am loving wholeheartedly and without ego, any and all fear dissipates and I begin to experience change.
Genesis 28:15 reads “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
This morning as I sit at my desk studying and praying, I look out my back windows at the heavy fog. The trees and the hills are barely visible and actually, almost hidden, but I know this is temporary. Once the light appears, all will be clear. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
This is also true about any challenge we may experience. Once the light comes through our thinking and we can see clearer and see the Truth, which is always harmonious! I don’t have to wring my hands to see if this fog is going to lift; neither do I have to while waiting on God to reveal to me His perfection. There can never be any imperfection in perfection.
Have not been writing my blogs lately because it seems I have not been feeling up to par. Then, it dawned on me today that yes, I do need to write. Have been very quiet for the last few weeks, but actually feel I have used this time in quiet prayer and humanly, it hasn’t looked like a vacation, but have felt God with me every step of this journey.
Mainly, my verse has been I John 4:18 which reads “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears in not made perfect in love.” It took sometime for me to realize I was not being punished for thinking the wrong thoughts, doing the wrong things, nor saying the wrong thing. This was about my learning more about God and my relationship to Him, which has never, ever been less that perfect. I am not looking for perfection but starting with being spiritually perfect! I have never been separated from God as none of us has. He is right with us patiently waiting for us to humbly turn to Him.
Acts 17:27 reads, “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” This morning while studying and praying about a specific issue, I was gently reminded of “Pop Quizzes” I was given in school.
They were not given as punishment due to something I had done wrong, but just to see if I were learning and applying what I was studying and learning. The same applies here as I read the Bible. How freeing that is to me to look upon a seeming challenge that way.
This morning I have been pondering Acts 17:25, which states “nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” That tells me that God is complete and I share that completion by reflecting Him. When I take the time to realize this, it becomes a powerful prayer and all insignificant challenges begin to fade away. As Psalms 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” To me that says, I want for nothing and my every need is filled by Divine Love.
Today I am studying Daniel 3, verse 12 on, which is the story of the three Hebrew young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who are thrown into the furnace because they know God is the only God there is. They refused old beliefs about false gods and would not worship them. God did not keep them from the heat but was there to protect them the entire time.
Upon leaving the challenge, there was not a single hair on their head singed and their clothing was intact. That tells me that when they remembered the ordeal, they only remembered the spiritual growth and Love expressed during this time. By entertaining thoughts about the past, we are pulled down by self-pity and self-condemnation, which work hand in hand. Today, I choose to think about God has always been my protection and always will be. What a great early Christmas present to myself.