Monday, May 8, 2017

Falling Forward

Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see
the glory of God? John 11:40

Mary and Martha could not not understand what their 
Lord was doing. Each of them had said to Him, 'Lord, 
if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'
And behind their words we seem to read their true
thoughts: 'Lord, we do not understand why you waited
so long to come or how you could allow the man you
love so much to die. We do not understand how you
could allow such sorrow and suffering to devastate our 
lives when you could have stopped it all. Why didn't
you come? But Jesus simply had one great truth in
answer to all of this. He said, in essence, 'You may not
understand, but I am telling you that if you believe you
will see.'

Abraham could not understand why God would ask him 
to sacrifice his son, but he trusted Him. Then he saw the 
Lord's glory when the son he loved was restored to him.
Moses could not understand why God would require
him to stay forty years in the wilderness, but he also
trusted Him. Then he saw when God called him to lead
Israel from Egyptian bondage. 

Joseph could not understand his brothers' cruelty toward
him, the false testimony of a treacherous woman, or the
long years of unjust imprisonment, but he trusted God
and finally he saw His glory in it all. And Joseph's 
father, Jacob, could not understand how God's strange
providence could allow Joseph to be taken from him. Yet, 
later he saw the Lord's glory when he looked into the 
face of his son, who had become the governor for a great 
king and the person used to preserve his own life and the 
lives of an entire nation.

Perhaps you find yourself asking questions: "I do not
understand why affliction has been granted to strike me.
I do not understand why the Lord has led me down these
twisting paths. I do not understand why my own plans,
which seemed so good, have been so disappointing. I do
not understand why the blessings I so desperately need
are so long in coming."

Dear friend, you do not have to understand all God's 
ways of dealing with you. He does not expect you to
understand them. You do not expect your children to
understand everything you do--you simply want them
to trust you. And someday you too will see the glory
of God in the things you do not understand. (J.H.M.)

Reader, what I see in this passage is this:
'You may not understand, but I am telling you that if 
you believe you will see.' Not the exact words of Jesus,
but very close to what He was saying to Martha. You
see the enemy is constantly telling you that God is
not good to you, but in the stories above you can see
that He does care about you and He is always good.
As we walk through the darkness the Father wants us
to fall forward into His arms.

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