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Perfect Imperfection

February 20, 2018

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Imperfections, problems, flaws, defects, blunders, and difficult conditions hound us all. Yet, God is sovereign – fully aware and completely able to alter any of these situations. Therefore, these must be perfect imperfections.

These may result in disasters, cancer, tsunamis, misery and death – but the resurrection of all (Acts 24:15) and the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) will result in our ability to recognize and appreciate God’s relentless love and mercy forever.

Perhaps it could be that the only way for us to really see these amazing and beautiful attributes of our Creator was for us to experience these perfectly orchestrated imperfections for ourselves. Temporary discomforts and even horrible tragedies are choreographed to set the backdrop for us to clearly see Him when we enter the resurrected life.

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill goes forth? (Lamentations 3:38).

I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, Who does all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

Mike Owens
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The Ultimate End of the Story Is Going to Be All Right

December 14, 2017

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My friend Dana and I talk about how we want to make everything all right for those we love, and cannot. Her mother died of pancreatic cancer only a few months ago. We say to each other that if we were God we would make everything all right, and then we stop. Look at each other. Because we suddenly see that making everything all right would not make everything all right. We would not be human beings. … We agree sadly that it is a good thing that we are not God; we do not have to understand God’s ways, or the suffering and brokenness and pain that sooner or later come to us all. But we do have to know in the very depths of our being that the ultimate end of the story, no matter how many eons it takes, is going to be all right.

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage, pages 151-152
Harper & Row (1988)
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God Will Accomplish His Goal

December 6, 2017

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Are you sometimes confused by your circumstances? Have you ever been emotionally depleted by things that have happened with your finances, parents, children, even your ministry? Have you ever felt like life is beating you down? Have you doubted God? You didn’t want to doubt, but you did anyway.

When we feel like this (and we all do at times), just trust your Father. Even when you don’t understand, trust Him. As you grow in your knowledge of your loving Abba, you will learn to accept events as they unfold. He is the Great Sovereign over the details of your life and will perform on your behalf, and for His own glory, all the things He has planned for you. Our impatience and frustration is born of our immaturity, but it is through those very trials we protest that God’s Spirit will bring us into a greater maturity.

God will accomplish His goals for your life. … Trust in His goodness and His wisdom. The destination which you will reach is not your concern. … Cling to Him as the journey unfolds. His role is to ensure that you reach His intended destination. …

Relax, and enjoy your journey. Rest in your Father’s sovereignty. Your life is an adventure, planned and performed by Him. We grow weary when we try to do what He alone can do. It is through our trials that He will lift our controlling need to be in charge. We must see that we are not in charge, but God alone determines and controls the unfolding of our destiny. Control is an arena for which we are not suited. Our Father, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for that role.

Steve McVey
Grace Walk
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All Things Work Together

December 6, 2017

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We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

My dear friend,

Certainly, if my ability was equal to my inclination – I would remove your tumor with a word or a touch – I would exempt you instantly and constantly from every inconvenience and pain! But you are in the hands of One Who could do all this and more, and who loves you infinitely better than I can do – and yet He is pleased to permit you to suffer! What is the plain lesson? Certainly, that at the present juncture, He, to whom all events and their consequences are present in one view – sees it better for you to have this tumor than to be without it! There is a cause, a need-be for it!

The promise is express, and literally true – that all things, universally and without exception, shall work together for good to those who love God. But they work together! The smallest as well as the greatest events have their place and use – like the movement of a watch, where, though some pieces have a greater comparative importance than others – yet the smallest pieces have their place and use, and are so far equally important, that the whole design of the machine would be obstructed for lack of them.

Some workings and turns of Divine Providence have a more visible, sensible, and determining influence upon the whole tenor of our lives. But the more ordinary occurrences of every day are adjusted, timed and suited with equal accuracy – by the hand of the same great Artist who planned and executes the whole! We are sometimes surprised to see how much more depends and turns upon these minor events, than we were aware of. Then we admire His skill, and say, “He does all things well!”

Such thoughts as these, when I am enabled to realize them, in some measure reconcile me to whatever He allots for myself or my friends; and convinces me of the propriety of that verse, which speaks the language of love, as well as authority, “Be still – and know that I am God!” (Psalms 46:10).

John Newton (1725-1807)
Author of the Hymn, Amazing Grace
John Newton’s Letters
September 28, 1774

In the Meanwhile

November 26, 2017

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Sometimes, in the sufferings of this current existence, I feel like Job and say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). However, as I think about the “worst case scenario,” as He keeps me alive for His purposes my prayer is becoming, “Though He slay me NOT, yet will I trust in Him.”

So we keep on keeping on. It’s His life and work in us that is producing the fruit that will prosper His plan of the ages. We eagerly anticipate the fulfillment of His glorious purpose that He will one day be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28). In the meanwhile, we rejoice that He is being All in us as we are being used as His chosen vessels for His purpose for this age, and soon to be His purpose for us in the celestials in the coming ages.

André Sneidar
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A Fellowship of Suffering

November 16, 2017

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There is something about suffering that longs for someone to sit with us through the pain. It’s the fellowship of suffering. It’s the words “you are not alone” put into action. … More than a card or a casserole, the familiar, patient presence of another says to us “it’s too much for you to bear, but I will be with you, I will sit with you.”

Marilyn Gardner
Toward a Fellowship of Suffering
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The Mind of Heaven

November 12, 2017

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If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Mind the things above, not the things on the earth; for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).

The system of things on the earth is the subject of the long-suffering and forbearance of God. How needful for us thus to be heavenly-minded, and to bear with it as God does; not avenging ourselves, and showing the same grace towards it that He shows. Here, truly, is the wonderful glory of the mind of heaven – the power to endure.

Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercy, humbleness of mind, forbearance and longsuffering (Colossians 3:12).

This is the mind of heaven.

Thomas Newberry (1811-1901)
Bible Subjects for the Household of Faith, Volume 1 (1863)
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