Christ Followers often talk about God's direction. We love to quote verses such as Proverbs 3:5-6[bible]Proverbs 3:5-6[/bible] Subconsciously we get an image of a lovely flower-lined path with birds singing. We envision ourselves strolling down this perfect path in perfect weather. At the end of this path is the proverbial pot of gold. Ahhh!!! We reached our destination. That was a nice little trip.
What we fail to realize is our ideal path and God's ideal path for us are probably two very different looking paths. We want a path of ease and contentment. Surely if people see us walking on a nice quiet path they will be eager to join us. That's what we think. So, we enter into following Christ with the belief that it will be smooth sailing from now on. We will no longer encounter those awful storms which hit every single person who has ever lived on this earth.
What exactly does God's path for us look like? Well, it certainly can lead us along a pleasant way but it will not always do so. You see, there's a world out there which is suffering both physically as well as spiritually. There are people who suffer from debilitating disease. There are people who have physical and mental disabilities. There are people who struggle emotionally. There are people who don't know where their next meal is going to come from. They don't know where they are going to find shelter or a warm place to sleep on a cold winter night. There are people whose hearts have been broken in two time and time again. There are lonely people. There are people who have suffered greatly at the hands of others.
As Christians, it is not enough to simply proclaim the gospel. We have to live it! It is not enough to declare that God is bigger than the troubles which are facing them; we have to live it!
The world says "Seeing is believing." This means we must show them the power of God in our lives!
[bible]2 Corinthians 1:3-4[/bible] Read verse four again carefully. God will not only bring us through the dark paths; he will use our experience on those dark paths to help us minister to others who face troubles as well. We get to show the world that God is faithful. We get to show them that God makes our darkness light! We get to show them that God is bigger than anything they will every encounter. Isn't that wonderful? The road that threatens to destroy us strengthens us and can be used to strengthen others as well. This is the path God has chosen for us.
Thanks for posting this. I love that verse and am always helped by the testimony of my brother's and sister's who have endured trials similar to my own. I am also amazed to see how God strengthens those who are enduring trials that I cannot imagine. While I do not pretend to understand what they are going through, His faithfulness to comfort and support is a powerful encouragement to anyone who will just listen.
Well said, K.
Thank you for a great post.Gracie
I think this is a praiseworthy blog. Being made of the real stuff and concern for others is something Jesus would commend someone for. We cannot be like the Loediceans who said, I need nothing, I'm rich and forget the greater things like love, faith and justice. Incidently that's what Jesus told the Pharissees...I tithe, I fast and so on but they would lift a finger to help with someone elses' load. It's a very good blog. Thanks. Amen.
That's right, lets be a light. My greatest hope is to show and tell what he has done for me and through me and to me!
Dark Days and Lonely nights is what brought me to the Light. Being sick, Being Broke, Being almost Homeless, Being without car and job. Being lied on,persecuted and hated without a cause has made me know and love the God that I serve. And to me, its not enough just for me to know, I need many more to know as well. Cause with all that I have been through I know that somewhere somebody else is going through too and if my testimony can be a help to them, then that will be a help to me.
Awesome blog, K. It reminded me that not so many years ago I used to joke about being a brain surgeon when I grew up. (I was already 'very' grown up). God showed me things in a way I never expected...I think I will just try to stay on the path God has chosen. its far more profitable :)
Sisterprincess, wow, can I ever relate to this! Well put truths here, darling girl. Thanks for the reminder. In His love, Mona
Hi, i'm David, and I am new to the site. I just need people to talk to as I attempt to take another stroll down God's most beautiful path, "life". I just want to say thank you for the originally post, believe it or not today I decide to try once again to do right, I guess I started by giving our father A call. The amazing thing is I started with the question "why do I keep doing wrong", I know lifes not going to be peaches and cream right off, I do believe one day with great spiritual maturity it will be A lot easier. I love god alot, no different then my parents that gave birth to me, but just like to them I rebel. I love Paul and the book Romans (chap6&7) I just want the confidence to know that this will all pass and that there is just somthing that I am doing that is wrong! I also need people to talk to. This is day one to hopefully an exit of A revolving door to my life. If I have rambled I apologize. Thank you all and may God bless you!!!!!!!!!!