Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hard Questions

Am I the only one who wants to demand an answer of God sometimes? The question may vary, but the attitude is the same, "Please Lord, ANSWER ME!"




So many different questions, but the heart behind it is the same, "Lord, I want some assurance, I want some encouragement, direction, insight, help..." I want something from You!

Sometimes the questions are big, "Why did He die Lord? He was so young, had so much to offer, had so much potential..." Sometimes not so much so, "Why Lord did the car have to break down today?"

"When" is my question often. "When Lord will the reaping season begin?" "When will I see answers to my prayers, hopes, dreams, aspirations...??" There are big "when's" too, "When will my loved one see their need for You?" "When will you return?" "When will suffering end?" "When will Your will be done on earth?"

"How" I find to often be a constant question. It's behind all the why's and when's, even when it isn't spoken. "How are we going to come up with the money to pay for the new tire?" "How is God ever going to get through to him?" "God, how will You ever answer my prayer?"

There is an accusation, albeit probably unintentional, in practically all of these questions. It says, "I don't trust You, God." For people of faith, that's a hard reality to wrestle with. Where is our faith and confidence in the God we proclaim to worship. Because the fact of the matter is, if we don't believe He has the power, ability, compassion, concern, desire to care for our needs, then why would we worship Him anyway?

Now make no mistake, I'm not talking about some "concession" God, enter prayer/ out comes the answer, but what I am saying is, when we DON'T get the answers to the questions we are answering, we need to check our hearts, and see if our faith is in the answers or in God! When we questions His actions (or lack of them) we need to be careful we don't allow it to accuse His character. We need to, with purpose, remember to take our eyes off of our circumstances and put them on our God. We have to remember WHO He is, and we we need to answer the "why's," "when's" and "how's" with the Who.

Do you know WHO God is?

Do you know He is the One who is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him?

Do you know He is the One Who is faithful and just to forgive of us of all our sins? (Through Christ)

Do you know He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift?

Do you know He is the Lover of your soul?

Do you know He is the Author and Finisher of your faith?

And as such He is far more concerned with revealing Himself to you than He is with proving Himself to you.

So let me encourage you, next time you find yourself asking the hard questions, look for the One who is the answer, rather than the answers themselves.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD...
Jeremiah 29:11-14

(emphaisis mine)

Monday, January 16, 2012

VLOG - 39 Years, 50 Million Dead

This is my first ever "vlog" or video blog, and honestly, I have to say, I could make a list of a thousand reasons why (aesthetically) not to post it, but the message is more important than the messenger.

I hope you will overlook the videos shortcomings and hear the heart behind it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

100 Verses - Week 19

This week is going to be one of the more "challenging" weeks of the Challenge. It's one of the rare weeks where we have THREE verses, but we're on our 19th - that's NINETEENTH - week of our challenge, and I have full confidence that you can rise to the... well, Challenge! So I hope you all feel up to it and are ready for this week.

So we are continuing in 100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart in the section titled: "Promises: Verses to Stand On." Check out Robert J. Morgan's website, he has the book on sale and has updated the website as well. He has a new devotional available based on his "Then Sings My Soul" series, you might want to check that out.

I'm going to be honest, I am behind in reading the commentary about the verses in the book, but "commentary" is a far second to the verses themselves, so give thanks to the Lord, I'm going to be short and sweet and straight to the point, here are your THREE memory verses for week 19:

Verse 1:

"For I know the plans I have for you,"-- this is the Lord's declaration-- "Plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

Verse 2:

But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

Verse 3:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

OK, there's lots of memorizing to work on this week, so you better get to it!