Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Yesterday, I awakened to the worst news. My first thought as usual is, God, why? I often ask this question first, until I can gain clarity on a matter as He speaks. Second, I'm used to going to my Father (as only a child can). I lay my thoughts on the table, often beginning with a question.
Like in so many times before, He reminds me that He never fails.
He tells me, "Danyelle, no one can run my business or your business, or the affairs of this world like I can. So, now the ball is in your court. Either you are going to trust me, or you're going to plunder until doubt forms. That's the most dangerous place to be."
I get it.
At any given moment, He's subject to change things. Take people home. Offer me up...to the enemy who by the way, can't take my soul, but is so sure I'll fail. Or, He causes my offender to prevail against me. Not because He's showing me up, or that He's doesn't love me, but because He's using all this to prove me or show me myself. In all this, I discover my faith and if it's strong or weak. I find out whether I trust Him completely or a little. I even pull the veil off so I can gage whether I'm forgiving others. Or, if I'm failing to forgive others causing the results of my prayers to be delayed or denied.
Wooooo, that's a lot.
I know it is, but you have to admit...sometimes the hardest person to see is ourselves. It's not even something up for consideration...whether we've grown or if we are stuck in the same place. We live our lives always questioning others, but rarely ourselves. So by chance or circumstance, God puts us in positions that reveal if we have spiritual maturity or not. These things also show if we've gone through enough to stand firm on the promises of God. Or whether we need a couple more storms that will lead us to perfect understanding.
So my friends even in my pain, I have sense enough to realize that God makes no mistakes. His will, ways, and waves are not always understandable, but He's concrete. His mercy is never failing. His truth endures. Even if or when we cry, we will see His will, way, and waves always leads us to peace, joy, happiness, holiness, and wholeness. That's spiritual maturity right there. Knowing that some things make me cry, but it's okay to cry as long as I understand, there will be glory after this.
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