Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What is in our box...

1 Corinthians 10:13-14

13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
14 So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.

The pastor of the church we went to this past Sunday used this scripture. The pastor kept the scripture to verse 13. Usually when a pastor references a scripture I will go just a tad before and after to get context of what or whoever wrote the scripture. It is verse 14 that caught my eye the most and I felt like just maybe the Lord had laid something on my heart. 

I often think there are times where if we beg God enough for something he will give it to us just to teach us a lesson. Sometimes we turn our backs and don't listen at all. Sometimes as children of God we can be such brats. How many times have you said "God if you will just give me this, it will make me feel better" as we stomp our feet and throw our fit. I looked for that quick fix to a problem that had been plaguing me. What I have just done here is put God in a box and limited him to what he can and wants to do. I have reduced God to something we can use or control. Why is it we sometimes refuse to give God complete control of our lives and trust him? If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might remember me wondering if God has said to us " have you had enough yet?" I feel like God will usually say this after I have begged him for that one thing I just had to have. The one thing I just had to have turned out to be the last thing I needed. What a mess I turned something into because of my need to control and keep God in the box. 

Friends I am nearing the point to where I have lived half of my life. There have been many times that I questioned God. I should have shut my mouth and trusted that God would never put anything on my plate that I couldn't handle. There were always times where I was crying out and hoping no more grief or problems would come my way. I have learned putting God in my box gets me no where fast. I can only hope the second part of my life that I trust God more than I did then the first half. I will be working hard on keeping God out of my box.

This year has had it challenges. There have been many times where I questioned God, but every time he reminded me he was doing whatever it was for my own good. I am learning to just sit back and watch God work. But sometimes it is not before God wrestles me to the ground and tells me not to get in his way. 

Listen... I can't promise that life is always going to be easy. I can't promise that a quick fix is always going to take care of your problems. God is not a God of quick fixes. God is a God of permanent fixes.The answers may not always come the way we like them, but they are the answers that God has for us because he knows best. On down the road we will be better because we trusted God in all his wisdom and kept him out of our box. Remember if your plate is full, allow God to clear it for you. God will never over fill it and is always willing to clear if you will trust him fully today. 

OK so what to pray for... It has been a long time since I did a what to pray for section. My life is no longer in crisis mode and I have just wanted to minister to whoever reads my blog. But I am requesting prayer for my mom (step mom, none the less like a mom to me) who is very sick and we are in need of a miracle. Please pray with us for my mom's complete healing. Also pray for the Lord's will in our life as we find ourselves at a crossroads of sorts. We are trust God to lead us a long.