2 Peter 3 reminds us that all happens in God’s time; not ours.
Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers, he thanks God for his situation (do we EVER do that???) and he encourages others.
Until recently I haven’t grasped the concept of thanking God for the hard times. However, I see that gratitude isn’t just for the “good stuff,” if that were true, we’d only be happy when life was happy. Even in our deepest sorrow or pain, God is there, his desire is that we lean on him. By doing so, a small piece inside our heart grows; pushing the sorrow and pain out. How can we possibly have room for love and happiness if our heart is stone cold and black? We can’t. That’s where being grateful for all of it, comes into play.
It’s not easy to be grateful for the pain. I know. But if it brings us out of something harsh and cold into the loving arms of Jesus, what better path to love?
Be a blessing. Be blessed.
PS “The Pieces” is not currently available, it is going through a 2nd editing. It will be back on the shelves at Amazon by November 5, 2015.
What does it mean to be “broken by God?” This is a new phrase to me, but maybe not to you? Or maybe it’s been on your heart, as well?
Pastor Dan White:God is always at work in our lives to bring us and to keep us in a love relationship with Him. He does this without violating the free will He has placed in us. Yet, He creates adversity and difficulty to make us realize how weak and frail we are. He creates these difficulties because He loves us. Let us never forget that. Just as a loving parent takes away things and people who are bad influences from their children, so God takes away people and things from us. He breaks us into pieces. He breaks us because He loves us.
I have suffered some harsh lessons the past few months, the truth belonging to other people has been given to me, like the most unwanted gift. I’ve responded poorly. I haven’t spent time in prayer or meditation, I haven’t consulted God and asked for help; other than some emotional whining, I’ve not given God the opportunity to teach me this lesson. I’ve attempted to fix it myself. THREE times!!
I am slow to learn. Very. Slow.
Psalm 51:17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.
2 Corinthians 4:8
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.