So, it didn’t happen the way I thought it would, only better… Have you ever thought or said this? Have you ever experienced something so outside of your understanding that you just stood back and admitted, “God, you’re so much smarter than I”? Have you ever seen a disaster turn into a miracle or a frustratingly bad circumstance become a blessing? It’s then that we acknowledge that God moves in a mysterious way to perform His wonders in our lives.
“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” – Bible or Not?
I would be so bold to say that any Christian would admit that they could not fathom the ways of God. I would be even bolder to say that any mature Christian would be OK with that. I’m going to share something personal today; my least favorite Bible verse. Yes, there is a verse in scripture that I don’t like – there, I said it, I wrote (uh oh, I’d better duck, here comes that lightning bolt!). I’ve always had a problem with these 2 verses from Isaiah…
Today’s Bible or Not quote is about staying the course in our service and worship to God even in times when it seems everything is going wrong, and it seems like God is not listening. In this popular Christian music song by the band Casting Crowns, the writer sings about the falling rain and that “once again I say ‘amen’ and it’s still raining”. And even though God is not answering the prayer at that moment, the singer still sings:
“I will praise you in this storm”. – Casting Crowns, 2005
This is not unlike the attitude of Job when he said “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord”. Yes, this is NOT easy.
To all of those struggling with trials and issues of life and faith, today’s quote is for you. Here is a Bible verse about how God will pull you out of such times plus links to the MP3 and YouTube…
Last night I was teaching out of the Book of First Peter and a few times in that book Peter states that we as followers of Christ should expect to suffer.
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”. 1 Peter 12-13 NKJV
Or, in other words…
“You’ve got to go through hell before you get to heaven.” – Bible or Not?
Is this quote from the Bible? Is it even a Biblical principle? You tell me…