This morning as I was praying and pondering the above question, very subtly the thought appeared that a relationship challenge I had some concern about appeared as the very thing that perhaps God couldn’t do. Immediately following a slight physical problem had appeared and I realized that I was listening to the carnal mind the Bible refers to as enmity against God. My faith is very strong and I know that having doubt is denying the Christ. Once again, I was reminded this is never about “recovery” but “discovery” of our true spiritual nature.
Psalms 139:14 states “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Spiritual man is made in the image and likeness of God and cannot possess error. Praying from that standpoint I see more clearly and realize completely the answer to the question “What cannot God do?” and know that it is nothing because with God, all things are possible!
This morning as I read from a devotional book; one other than what I usually study, the first sentence got my attention! It began “Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life.” As I reread it, I thought that I definitely didn’t agree with that. It is just that attitude that keeps one down spiritually. One that says we are not deserving and a woeful outlook. I turned immediately to God and knew the Truth for me. I am deserving as we all are since we express God. We may have problems which are actually only opportunities for spiritual growth, but to look at life as one problem after another is depressing to me and I refuse to look at my life like that. I choose grateful expectancy of Good!
John 16:33 reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That does not say to me that I don’t deserve a problem-free life.
For years, many questions about the story of Adam and Eve flooded my thoughts, such as “Why did God create them as adults? Why didn’t God ever wake Adam from his deep sleep when he took the rib from Adam to make Eve? Why did He make Eve that way?” As I studied more, it was revealed that we were created in the first chapter of Genesis where it reads, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” It goes on to read “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Man is Spiritual, not material.
The second chapter of Genesis tells about Adam and Eve, which are material beings, not Spiritual and that is where problems lie. As I turn to God with every question, the Spiritual answer is the reality while the material is relative and limiting and fleeting. Everything begins in thought. If we are made in His image and likeness, it is talking about Spirit, not our physical body.
Today, I will cease trying to figure things about humanly, because they will never, ever make sense. I will pray to see what God is seeing.
There is no such thing as “human perfection”, no matter how hard we strive. We are spiritually perfect since we were born in the image and likeness of God! Our attempts to be perfect humanly lead us to break the commandment in Exodus. Our perfection is not in other people or human achievements. Exodus 20:3 reads, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
So often, it is tempting to try to work things out before their time. We may even think we know better than God! Praying and telling God just how and when we need things can feel we know best! Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” That is a great verse with which to align while praying. God knows the perfect time for all. Only Good is going on in the spiritual universe. The human universe is an enigma and will always look chaotic. Turn to God and see what He sees! Perfection and harmony.
My daily prayer is for more grace and humility. Today, I found this prayer answered fully and I was uncomfortable and a little resentful. Then I was gently reminded that my prayer was being fulfilled and Hebrews 12:11 came to thought. It reads, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” As I stepped back and viewed the experience, I was truly blest by this gentle nudge in spiritual growth. There is never a retrograde step in growth and for this, I am grateful.
The above seems to be in our face daily! When we read, study and pray with our Bible, every challenge is addressed and there is such guidance and direction. Galations 3:28 states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” As we pray with this verse, we know this is speaking of our true spiritual being.
Today, I release my loved ones to God’s care and relax in knowing they are safe and loved. It is important that a loved one does not become an idol; therefore, retarding their spiritual development. Jacob loved Joseph more than all of the brothers, causing hatred among them. Even though, God was there for all, they had to endure years of separation and suffering.
Genesis 37:3-4 reads, “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”
Even parental love can come in the form of idolatry. Today, I give all to God!
Today I will bring all my concerns and lay on the altar. I will immediately recognize any form of anxiety and know that only comes when I believe I am separated from God, which is impossible. Whether the weaknesses appear to be physical, emotional or spiritual, I will know God is all powerful.
Ephesians 3:20-21 reads, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”