The Bumps Are What You Climb On

Have you wondered why when you were a brand new Christian, you prayed for a parking space and THERE IT WAS–right up front near the door? And then as you grew more in your faith, the closest space was almost in the next county! You asked God “why?” And He said, “You need the exercise.” We didn’t get what we wanted, but we got what we needed. Father knows best!

Fear, Danger, Trouble

One of satan’s favorite lies is: “Love God & Your Problems Are Gone!”

Then when you don’t get that parking space, or that raise, or maybe you pray for healing and it doesn’t happen, satan wants you to believe that if God loves you, He’ll give you everything you want, when you want it.

If we believe that lie, we become disillusioned about God and then we wonder if He really loves us. But God is good. And He knows if life was easy for us, we would be weak and useless in doing His work on earth. And, if life was painless here on earth, we would not look forward to Heaven.

Getting to know the God of the Bible

The more we read the Bible and get to know the God of the Bible–and the stories of the Bible characters–we learn that the bumps in the road are what they climbed up on. And we learn that He never left their side. We learn that they became like Him through the fellowship of His suffering. We learn He is good and His mercies are new every morning.

However, the enemy of our soul doesn’t want us to know the ways of God. He wants us disillusioned and discouraged.

One of satan’s biggest lies is the health and wealth gospel. The enemy of our soul doesn’t want us to learn that we can praise the Lord even through suffering and that when we keep our eyes on Him through it all, we are enabled to have victory over our emotions and thoughts. We are able to get to know God better. We learn to trust Him. We learn He will never ever forsake us. We learn He has our best interest at heart.

“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Psalm 16:11 (NASB)

Health and Wealth Gospel is wimpy faith

But, a suffering faith is warrior faith. Persuaded by the love of God. We learn that NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. God provides for all we NEED in order to have victory through the hurts and trials and also to celebrate with gratitude to the Lord–the victories and joys. Remember. You are loved! His love never ends!

Song

There’s a song that says something like this: “Oh love that will not let me go”. It’s true. You may not be able to hold on, but He will not let you go! He’s very fond of you!

Cliff-Hanger

Don’t be like the man hanging over a cliff, clinging onto a scrawny branch of a tree. His arms are growing weary and he cried out toward Heaven for help; He said, “Are You there, God?” The Voice says: “Trust Me! Let go!”

Terrified—the man looks down at the cliffs and rocks below and says, “Is there anyone else up there””?”

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6 (ESV)

What about you?

Are you at a spot in your life that God is asking you to trust Him and to “Let go!” That’s where I am right now–walking away from my comfort zone into a new adventure with the Lord. There have been bumps along the way. God is helping me to see from a new perspective as I climb up onto to these bumps. I trust Him! I am keeping my eyes on Jesus, praying for wisdom, and remembering that He has never let me down yet. Why would He start now? So…The parking space story and the hanging-on-to-the-tree story both feel very much like my story right now. Can YOU relate?

Are you His?

This can be your story. Seeking God. Trusting God. Why? He is very fond of you. Are you like me–at a place where you need to trust Him and just let go and let God astound you with His love for you? I hope so!

Will it be easy?

No, you can’t just name it and claim it. You can’t just “give” and put your “dream” on the memo line of your check and expect to not have any struggles. Struggles build your faith muscles. The more struggles we survive and thrive through, the stronger we get in our faith walk. And better still, we grow in our relationship with our Creator. Our Father. Our Best Friend. Our Helper.

It won’t be easy

But it will be wonderful as you trust God more and more. First with the easy things. Then with the hard stuff.

Until next time,
Keep Looking Up. God Is Big. (KLU GIB)

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