'The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have' Judges 6:14
Several times a year, people who are facing financial challenges, some of them extremely severe, flow into our home for nine weekly meetings. I have no doubt that most if not all of them at least secretly hope for that the first time they walk through the door, all of their issues will be resolved and they can go on their merry way. While God certainly can and does do that sometimes, my observation has been that generally it is a process. God requires them to take a good hard look at their behavior. He requires them to give an account of their actions. He requires them to ask Him to help them make a reasonable plan and help them stick with it. I have also noticed that it requires a couple of other things such as sacrifice, obedience and patience.
Does the runner cross the finish line the moment he or she steps off the starting line? No and yet that seems to be exactly what we expect will happen to us. We forget that we are running a race and we forget that God will give us what we need when we need it as He sees fit, not as we see fit. We forget that God is continually at work in us, molding us and teaching us according to His purpose. God knows best whether we understand it or not.
Whether we understand it or not, we must learn to trust God's promises, even when it seems we cannot even hear that still small voice. We simply must keep moving on and like Gideon, go in the strength we have. Then we will see what God will do.
[b]"We forget that we are running a race and we forget that God will give us what we need when we need it as He sees fit, not as we see fit. We forget that God is continually at work in us, molding us and teaching us according to His purpose. God knows best whether we understand it or not."[/b]
"God IS continually at work in us," and to better be reminded of that it would behoove me to put it in a note and place it where I would see it EVERY day, because it's so important to remember... but so easy to forget. I'm glad what had influenced you at watchmanjohn's blog prompted you to blog about this. Thanks!
I often say things like you have written to myself all the time. But at this moment, I needed to be reminded!
Thank you! Niki