Monday, January 9, 2012
Adversity doesn't mean God has said stop
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
I Peter 5:6-7
Do not presuppose because you do not hear God calling you to continue (that) He has commanded you to stop.
The calling came. He called you out of nothing to be His, to follow Him, to obey Him, to listen to His Word, to seek Him, to give Him all glory and honor.
And in response, you answered. But the response is not a one-time happening.
Yes, you answered ... Yes, I will follow You. Yes, I will obey You. Yes, I will listen to You.
But it is continual. There is no short rein on whatever God has called upon you to do.
This is what I want you to do. This is how you will proceed.
A little ... albeit a lot ... adversity (trouble) comes upon us. We find ourselves struggling with job concerns - perhaps we lost a job and can't find another, or have fewer hours or excessive overtime; health needs; relational confrontations with our spouse, children, siblings, parents, co-workers and even friends. We are persecuted for our beliefs.
Jesus faced adversity. He faced persecution. Yet His response, in the face of all that was against Him, was and is to be obedient to His Father, at all cost. To go on, to continue.
How can we do less?
God created us for His glory. To fulfill our God-given destinies, we must overcome all temptation to seek our own glory and desire His instead. We must allow circumstances and weaknesses and any thorns in the flesh God has chosen to leave upon us ... so He, the Lord God Almighty can lift us up.
Higher and higher we shall rise
when with the Lord our lives are no disguise