Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Looking Forward and Upward

A lot of changes have happened of late. Big, life-altering changes. Like leaving our church and home of 9 years and moving out of state. Through it all, I’ve been learning a lot about myself, my struggles, and my propensities towards sin.

One of the things I’ve realized is that I don’t like change. I get comfortable and like things to stay steady and predictable. Probably because that’s how I am in everyday life. I’m not very adventurous and I don’t tend to change things unless there is a lot of thought and good reason beforehand. So I think that sometimes God has to do some drastic things in my life in order to push me out to something I would normally never do.

We’ve moved multiple times before, so that aspect shouldn’t have rocked my world. But when there are sudden changes that conflict with my ideas or plans, I see where I tend to question God’s love and goodness. The way things panned out would not have been how I would write my story. However, my all-wise God sees the big picture. As with Joseph being sold into slavery, Moses getting stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of complainers, David being pursued by Saul, Abraham sacrificing Isaac, or Job’s home and family taken away from him—all of which were terrible circumstances—God was working through them.

And the main way God works in us through difficult situations is to stir us to lift our eyes upward. Because today is not all there is, and hope placed in anything here and now will not last.

What was the foundation of hope for Joseph and David and Job? It wasn't in their circumstances improving, because that was uncertain. Their hope was a future hope, an imperishable kingdom (1 Peter 1:3-5).

I’ve never grieved more in my life than I have in the last few months. I’ve never struggled more with how and why God is doing what He is doing. But I’ve never hungered more for that day of final redemption. I’ve never had such longing for future—when there will be no more sorrow, no more grief, and no more sin. I long for that day of redemption when all things will be made right and He will reconcile all things to Himself (Col. 1:20). That’s where my hope is, and that’s the only place we can find lasting hope. 

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18


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