Hello everyone. I hope that this blog post will be thought-provoking and encouraging.
The Lord has been teaching me that He does a far better job organizing and leading out in my life than I ever could. Much more depends on what He does than on what I do. I’m convinced of it. It’s profoundly amazing that my heart still wants to grab the reins of control, even though I have seen, during experiences I have had in my life, that He is far wiser and more powerful than I am.
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Psalm 59:16-17 (KJV)
This is who I have found God to be: “my defense and the God of my mercy.” (Psalm 59:17 KJV) I have gone through experiences where the chances of negative outcomes happening to me as the result of poor choices I had made seemed so likely…and yet God mercifully overruled on my behalf. Even when He has not overruled, He has offered me the rich blessings that rebukes and correction bring to anyone who is willing to be humble enough to receive them. He is so merciful, that He has given me, as He gives to all of us, additional chances to accept the blessings that His rebukes and corrections can bring, even after I have been resistant and stubborn towards Him.
“For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Proverbs 3:12 (KJV)
Another method that God has for helping us is to allow us to face the consequences of our actions first, and then to defend us afterward.
“I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.” Micah 7:9 (KJV)
What a God! He is so merciful, and He always offers us what we need. When we need to face consequences in order to learn and grow, He doesn’t indulgently shield us from them. Also, when He sees fit in His infinite love and wisdom, He overrules bad situations and turns them around for His glory. Ezekiel 36 provides a very good example of everything I’ve said in this paragraph.
God most definitely prefers and firmly, but kindly requires that we NOT make bad decisions, and He honors those who honor Him. “… For them that honour me I will honour…” 1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)
I have also seen in my life, how when I have chosen to honor God, He has honored me. He has amazed me by the things He has done. He is not limited by any circumstance but is instead able to arrange circumstances as He knows will be best.
Whenever any of us begin to truly understand who God is, and how wise, loving and powerful He is, the best, most sensible, and safest decision we can make is to surrender fully to Him. He is a powerful and loving God. He can do a far better job of running our lives than we ever could. ❤