It’s easy to say we believe in God’s grand purpose for our lives, but is it as easy to cling to that truth when we need it the most?
See, anyone can claim to believe in something, but you’ll really know if they stand for [fill-in-the-blank] if/when their faith for [fill-in-the-blank] is tested.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. — Isaiah 48:10
Christians (myself included) all too often tie God’s Goodness to circumstancial events. God never promised in scripture that our life would be good on this earth, but He did remind believers time and again that if we choose to live under His grace, all things in our life would work together for the greater Good — God’s Good, not mine or yours.
Meaning, even the messiest day, week … years, would amount to something that brought Him Glory, even if we never know of it until we meet Him face to face. And if the point of our existence (after accepting the sacrifice He made for us on the cross) is to bring him Glory, does God really owe us an explanation of His actions/His silence if we demand it of Him?
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle [you]. — 1 Peter 5:10
Over the last six months, I’ve been reminded (more times than I can count) of who God isn’t (as I’ve defined his Being), and have had the opportunity to learn more of who God really is (who He proves Himself to be). And that time of finding and getting to know Him hasn’t been from His shouting His identity into my ear, it’s been through a breaking process of realizing that my definition of His existence has been flawed all along.
His silence has taught me to give up demanding that He speak His plan into my life, and allowed me to trust that even His silence can speak volumes of His promises.
In the midst of incredibly “trying” circumstances, this scripture about edification in Christ has seeped its way into my brain and I can’t shake it. A scripture I had never looked up, or even heard from that matter, kept coming to mind — reminding me that “momentary blunders” lead to purification and restoration… reminding me of the freedom found in the Refiner’s fire.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God. — Zechariah 13:9
There is a newness to be found in refinement if we could simply learn to trust the God who knows the number of hairs on our head with our moments of discomfort, or our life-altering disappointments.
We are not unknown to our Maker. Each and every one of us, whether we acknowledge and accept His gift of grace or not, are known by the God who so carefully knit us together in our mother’s womb.
Our pains are not foreign to our Creator. He knows them before we can even cry them out, and He is willing to help us see them through if we would simply lay them at His feet.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perish, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. — 1 Peter 1:7
If God has used my life to teach me anything it’s that as soon as I think I’ve found control over my life, my circumstance, my existence, He will surely remind me that I’ve lost it.
If we’re really choosing to trust in the God of All, then we should know that the last thing that we want and or need in this life is control … And that the further we are from it, the more we’ve surrendered our lives into the Hands of a God that is willing and able to refine each of us into those who will bring Him glory.
And if the point of our existence (after accepting the sacrifice He made for us on the cross) is to bring him Glory, does God really owe us an explanation of His actions/His silence if we demand it of Him? … Just maybe He’s too busy trying to remind us to trust in the answer He has already promised.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. — Romans 8:28