I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve been struggling recently over what my purpose in life is. Have you ever done that? After God worked such a powerful display of His love and His blessings in my life, the evil one has crept in and started planting all sorts of doubts in my mind.
…doubts about the job He provided for me
…doubts about will I make new lasting friendships for me here
…doubts about so many things
In my struggles, God has been placing people in my life to gently nudge me in the right direction. Isn’t our God such a wonderful God!!! Here are some of God’s words that I have been receiving from people He’s placed in my life … they are SO powerful!
James 1:2-5 - New Living Translation (NLT)
Faith and Endurance
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
WOW! All I need to do is to simply ask for wisdom and strength … and He will give it to me? Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? So simple, in fact, that I forgot I could ask for it!
I was watching a lesson on television, and the message was about “Wavering Faith“. He was teaching that whenever those doubts creep in, and my faith starts to waver, I need to ask myself some questions:
- Where do these doubts come from?
- Has God ever failed me?
- Did God not promise to meet all of my needs?
- Did He not give me the Holy Spirit to enable me?
- Is anything too hard for God?
- Is this a fork in the road that I may regret?
Then, to get on the right track again, I must:
- Meditate on God’s word
- Recall times when God faithfully answered my prayers
- Courageously choose to obey God, and leave all the consequences to Him
Today’s message at church was about life being like a Puzzle. We can only see the pieces as we are trying to put the puzzle of life together. Some pieces we like, and others we don’t like. Sometimes we’ve been given a piece that is really bad (loss of a loved one, bad diagnosis of illness, loss of job, etc.) but we don’t have the puzzle box top to look at … to see the BIG picture of what our lives will be. Only God has that.
1 Corinthians 13:12 - New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[a] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
I need to trust God with the details. God’s sovereignty does not depend on our circumstances. I must remind myself that in the doubts of today, I must trust in His tomorrow. He has the master plan. I am in the midst of the puzzle being built … and therefore cannot see the end result. I don’t have access to the puzzle box top to see what it is supposed to look like. BUT, God also promises this:
Jeremiah 29:11 - New Living Translation (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
I will choose to find rest and comfort in that. As we say in modern times, “God has my back” – all I need to do is trust and let Him handle all the details.
- He has never wavered,
- He has never failed me,
- He has given me the Holy Spirit to enable me,
- He promised to be with me at ALL times,
- Nothing is too hard for God.
“My faith is in God … not in the outcomes I want.”
- Pastor Craig Groeschel, LifeChurch.tv