“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” ~Isaiah 25:1
“If you’re God’s child you’re completely forgiven, eternally loved, abundantly supplied, and living in the reality that your destiny is sure” -Paul David Tripp
This is the sequel to the post “When God Breaks Your Heart”
One week ago my world came to a halt; I faced one of the hardest personal moments that I have encountered in my life. Questions started to run through my head, and no one could answer them. The most obvious question seemed to be what do I do now?
This week I came across this verse; “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
We all make plans in this life, making plans is part of being human. So, when the Lord breaks our earthly plans, and calls us to wait on His timing; it is hard to be patient.
Waiting is never easy, trusting in His plans is a daily struggle, but I have found one benefit: Waiting has made me cling to the promises of God. Especially, this one; “Those who seek me diligently find me.” (Proverbs 8:17b) In the past week I have prayed and read my Bible, without knowing what was I was doing. Yet, I still found the peace and grace I needed to move on.
Charles Spurgeon wrote; “When you can’t trace His had you must learn to trust His heart.”
Clinging to God’s promises while you are waiting, is hard work. Waiting on the Lord to establish our steps, can be an even harder choice. May we learn though this time to trust Him, and to embrace His request to wait.
Today is National Adoption Day! I was adopted, along with my sister. So, this song means a lot to me, and I believe that it speaks to the heart behind adoption.
I mentioned several months ago that I was about to enter a new season. That new season is college. School is keeping me busy right now, but not busy enough to be immune to pain.
Last night an area of my personal life shattered into a million little pieces; I’m left wondering what to do, and how to move on.
As I was reading my Bible last night I came across this verse; “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
I’m reminded that He still has a purpose for me and you, and He still cares for us. We may not grasp His sovereign will; however, we can cling to His steadfast love.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “You cost Christ too much for Him to forget you.”
He will never forsake us, so let us learn to embrace His plans for our lives.
I am entering a new season, and God’s faithfulness is clearly evident.
You may still be in the same season of life though, praying, and hoping that something will change for you.
May this reminder bless you…
“Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” -Charles Spurgeon
Please note that this is not my typical blog post, I wrote this article for a homeschool website.
Vision. Perspective. Those are the words that I would use to describe Legislative Days.
We have all heard our parents, pastors, and speakers say things like, “Passing on the baton to the next generation” or, “We need to pass on a multigenerational vision to our children.”
As teens and young adults we just nod our heads, wondering in our minds, “What does it look like for the receiving generation to carry on the vision?”
Our parents have raised us well, but our world is drastically different from theirs. Socially we are not where our parents’ generation was, economically we are drowning in a $16 trillion debt; at this time the church in America is unprepared to face the future . . . and then we have that word politics; to most of us that’s the last place our mind wants to go. But what if our chance to grow in our faith as a generation is found in your state capital; or even Washington D.C.?
One of the verses that ran through my mind as I was coming home on Thursday was Micah 6:8, which says, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (ESV)
Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on what the words Justice, Love, Kindness and Humility have to do with this generation and politics.
In Micah 6:8 we are simply told to “Do justice….” Notice it’s not limited to social justice or any other buzz word. Justice at its core means, “The virtuewhich consists in giving to every one what is his due.” (Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) To act justly we may have to make sacrifices. William Wilberforce gave four decades of his life to fighting the slave trade in Britain. It came at a great cost to his health at the end of his life as he he suffered from eye, colon and lung problems. His great regret in life, though, was this: “The first years I was in Parliament I did nothing-nothing that is to any purpose.” Let Wilberforce’s words be a reminder to us that “No man has a right to be idle.” (William Wilberforce) Four decades is a long time to try to make a difference but if we don’t try chances are that regret will fill us later.
As the next two words are kind of together we will treat them as such. “Love kindness….” If we were to make a list how many of us would put “I love to be kind” close to the top? We try to be kind, do the right thing, etc. Yet this is huge in the political realm. Where words are often said in a rush of passion, lobbyists (along with reporters) sit right outside the door. We are called to be kind. Proverbs 21:21 says, “Whoever pursues righteousness, and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” (ESV) The capitol is alive with the sound of disagreement behind closed doors. So to show love and kindness to others there is not only a responsibility, but also a great display of Christ in our lives.
Last but never least we come to, “Walk humbly with your God.” Are we walking in humility? If not we are hindering our potential to influence lawmakers.
“The attitude with which you take a stand says just as much as the stand itself.” (Alex & Brett Harris)
As a teen or young adult, you have a great influence. Not just in your home, but in the world. Right now our lawmakers are making decisions at the local, state, and national level that will socially and economically burden us for the rest of our lives. If we don’t take a stand for the truth, who will?
As I write this there is a doctor in Philadelphia, PA. who is in court now because he did late term abortions and gave too much anesthesia to a woman. If someone had questioned what that doctor was doing though, would he have hurt as many people as he did? We will never know because until recently no one asked. Thomas Jefferson said, “Question with boldness the very existence of God.” How far we have fallen from asking any questions at all in politics.
Now I’m sure that you are wondering if any of this is possible. You maybe thinking, “I’m too young! No one is going to listen to me.” My encouragement to you is this,“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1Timothy 4:12, ESV)
Alone this is not possible. By God’s grace though we are not forsaken. We can do this!
We may never see the fruit of our hard work, but don’t give up just because it’s hard. Martin Luther King, Jr., once told this story, “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music…. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
“For such a time as this…” Esther was called, “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with… God.”
Is this your life resolution?