May 22nd 2009

Not Seeing Tests Our Faith

“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God:”
Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)

There is nothing more frustrating than not understanding. Events occur or don’t occur and we don’t understand why. This is even more difficult to handle when we have involved God in our life and things just don’t seem to be going right.

But we are making a fundamental mistake. We are viewing things from our earthly perspective.

It is helpful to consider a lady working on her embroidery. She is sewing coloured threads into a plain piece of fabric and is creating a wonderful piece of art. There are threads of silk and fine cotton and perhaps even precious metals that are brought together to produce a beautiful and brilliant picture. This is the view that she has as her work gradually takes shape. If, however, the work is turned over so that the underside is revealed it now looks like multi-coloured spaghetti…. a mishmash of loose uncoordinated threads that don’t appear to have any rhyme or reason to them whatsoever.

Have you ever thought that that is sometimes how we see God’s handiwork?

If you think about it, we are always looking up to God’s work never looking down upon it. And if God hasn’t revealed his specific purpose in what he is allowing to happen in our lives, we can easily misunderstand and doubt his presence.

God tells us that there are some things that we will not know now -secret things that belong to Him.

So what should we do when these times occur? James has the answer for us: “Knowing this that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4 (KJV)

Faith is what we exercise when we don’t have sight. These times are part of the forming work of God as he completes his wonderful creation in us.

Father in heaven, thank you that you are at work in me all the time. Strengthen my faith when I cannot see your hands at work and comfort me with the knowledge that you are always there and always productive in my inner creation.

Study by David StirkĀ 

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