July 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” -Job 1:9-12
Have you ever considered that the person that God was most pleased with in the bible was the same person that is known throughout the entire book of the bible for going through the most pain?
Throughout our life, we constantly have to face pain: family struggles, financial endings, body image, death, and many other tragedies.
Understand this: Don’t ever think that you aren’t a good christian because you are going through a difficult time. Sometimes Gods greatest people go through the lowest of lows. Before God can raise you up higher, He has to humble you lower.
Sometimes our most painful experiences are our greatest gifts in life. Think about the pain you faced, concentrate on it hard…What did you learn through it? Probably at a lot. See, we think that we would have been better off if we never had to go through that circumstance, we tend to blame our behavior of today because of the tragedy of yesterday.
We look for something or someone to blame for the reason we had to go through that painful time, fully removing our own self from what happened. Sometimes we even try to connect our way of life to why God might be punishing us, but He doesn’t work like that.
God isn’t out to get you, yet He is a purposeful planner– allowing you to go through anything and everything to get your attention and give you knowledge. I bet if you asked Job what He learned through his experience, he would be grateful for the wisdom and knowledge he gained.
Often times than not, God uses painful times as a messenger- allowing you to go through something difficult to allow you to be able to relate to others later in life. How else can you relate to the broken hearted if you heart wasn’t broken before?
You were created for more. There is a purpose in everything- even pain. God has you in His hand and He’s never going to allow you to go through something that He knows He can’t bring you out of better than you were before- in His eyes, not your definition of “better”
April 18, 2011 Comments Off on Alternate Route
As we go about driving around, we often come across times when we have to go over speed bumps traveling to the place we want to go. Speed bumps are used to slow a car down in a sensitive area in the city. If someone was to drive too fast, they would run the risk of running over something or someone and causing themselves serious pain. However, we often times try to avoid the speed bumps at all cost because it’s uncomfortable for us to drive over and only slows us down on our route. So, we try to take a new route around the speed bumps; therefore, bypassing the purpose of the speed bump….
In our spiritual journey, God has placed speed bumps all throughout our life. Whether you know it or not, God is going to get your attention by putting a speed bump in a certain part of your life to get you to slow down in a sensitive time in your life. However, if you just go about your life without thinking about the purpose of the trial or difficulty, you’re going to bypass the speed bump and it will all be for a waste. Some speed bumps may be small, like a bad test grade or not making a certain position you tried out for. Some speed bumps may be big, like getting broken up with, losing your purity, getting fired from a job, having a death in the family, or having a addiction. While the bad, in the moment, may seem overwhelming and punishing. Remember, God doesn’t want to punish you but He wants to prepare you for a later time in your life. He has you going through a difficult situation to be able to help someone else out or to give you a powerful testimony!
Remember this: while speed bumps seem awful and uncomfortable to go over, they have a very big purpose for keeping you safe on the road. While you may be beating yourself up over a situation you’re in or you’re on your last leg of trying in life, remember that God has full control and put a speed bump in your life to slow you down and get you to acknowledge Him. God is a mysterious God, He is all knowing, so we often times can’t see how things will fall together, but they will.
So, next time you’re out navigating life. Don’t try and avoid the speed bumps and look for an alternative route because you’re going to be missing out on the plans God has for your life.While you may eventually get to your desired destination via your alternate route, it will have taken you much more time, gas, and frustration to get there. Don’t be afraid of the speed bumps, embrace them, and remember their purpose.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 ESV