Hellooooo and welcome to the second half of the yr! Yep, at the same time as we are saying goodbye to July 2022 we are able to nonetheless have fun God’s goodness and for efficiently ushering into the summer season months.
Hope you everyone seems to be having fun with the summer season warmth wave or simply the hubbub actions surrounding summer season wherever on the planet you may be studying this!
Even whether it is simply to relaxation and be nonetheless. Don’t overwhelmed or be coerced into the summer season expectations we see on social media, so long as you might be getting the soul nourishment you need this season, that’s the important thing factor.
Let knowledge lead in all issues.
However as we’re effectively into the second half of the yr it’s time to verify in and see as a group if we’re rising in a wholesome approach and in alignment with God’s plan for our lives.
Fortunately, we’ve had a number of sequence on the weblog that has aimed to nourish us spiritually, financially, academically however there may be nonetheless a lot that we have to work on so as to totally thrive as God intends us to do.
Simply desirous about the truth that we’re already 7 months into this yr, the largest lesson learnt thus far is that this:
GOD is Good.
We all know that God is nice once we see his magnificence and magnificence in nature or within the good issues He does in our lives and within the lives of these round us. However what occurs once we see destruction in our surroundings? When the wickedness of males is changing into extra rampant (or possible extra extensively reported on), or once we ourselves encounter darkish conditions? Does God nonetheless stay good?
Sure, He does.
Having a coronary heart for worship and eyes for gratitude helps us to know that past these bodily issues we see, God stays good as a result of it’s a part of his nature. Similar to we as human beings might need a relaxed demeanor and peaceable disposition and sure life conditions can worsen us however but our demeanor largely nonetheless stays the identical or no less than impacts our response to these conditions. The very nature and core of our particular person by no means adjustments.
Such is identical for an unchangeable God.
So, let’s get into the important thing classes learnt thus far this yr!
1. GOD is GOOD
What higher solution to kick issues off than to reiterate this proven fact that we so rapidly overlook in when coping with our human conditions and thru life’s circumstances. You see God’s goodness is clear due to the reality discovered within the phrase of God. God’s goodness has been tried and examined. For the straightforward testimony that as kids of God, (if you happen to do determine as one), we’ve a hope and a gorgeous future. You would possibly say what good does that do me when my present scenario doesn’t look so hopeful. The reality is that nothing on this Earth is ever everlasting. I’ll by no means declare to know every thing and be capable of clarify every thing as a result of I’m not GOD, however my expertise of God’s goodness reveals me that nothing on this life is everlasting. Each good and unhealthy. That’s the reason studying the guide of Ecclesiastes is one in every of my favourite issues to do as a result of it actually simply places issues in perspective on this life. It might sound miserable and a bit of dramatic however King Solomon was traditionally one of many wisest males and kings to rule. He explored all of the pleasures of the world, had all of the human knowledge and actually simply glad all his coronary heart’s needs and extra. But, he concludes on the finish of his musings and rantings;
"That is the entire story. Right here now could be my remaining conclusion: Worry God and obey his commandments, for that is everybody's responsibility." Ecclesiastes 12:13
Guess what? A very good God locations buildings in place to make sure His kids can totally benefit from the satisfactions He supplies them however in a secure approach. And that’s the great thing about God. I cannot totally break down and supply all the mandatory verses to show this however I actually counsel you look into the goodness of God your self. Actually spend time meditating, researching and pondering the goodness of God, it’s going to blow our minds our magnificent this God really is.
See: Psalm 25:8, Psalm 145: 5-9
2. Life can typically be distracting
At occasions we’re satisfied or distracted from God’s goodness by conditions that take our eyes off of the writer and finisher of our Religion.
What does this imply? It means we’re distracted by
a) Individuals’s opinions of us. Does this particular person or group of individuals like me? Do they assume I’m cool? Would they wish to hang around with me? The reality of the matter is regardless of how superb these individuals are, their opinion on you LITERALLY doesn’t matter within the grand scheme of issues. Don’t be fooled by what folks seem like, moderately concentrate on who God says you might be. These different folks maintain no benefit and won’t be those measuring you on the finish of your life. That’s once we ALL should give an account for all our actions on earth.
b) Relationship standing? It’s all enjoyable and video games in conversations particularly inside younger grownup circles however my brothers and sisters there may be sooo rather more to life than that! Whether or not married, single, engaged, speaking to someone, courting, or by no means even been approached, the reality is that we’re desperately and eternally cherished by a heavenly Father that can transfer heaven and earth on our behalf. Belief me, I can empathize with the frustrations or disappointments which may come up from failed or non existent relationships. However, pricey brother and pricey sister, there is just one of you and finest imagine our heavenly Father desires the easiest for you! No good factor will He withhold from those that love Him and stroll based on His goal for them. So, be affected person bask within the love of your Father it doesn’t matter what your standing could also be, God affords us grace to thrive in these seasons and to convey Him glory
c) Accomplishments and Milestones. I must have achieved this earlier than I flip this specific age or I’ve carried out this and that. I wish to be this achieved in my profession, in my funds or in my entrepreneurial makes an attempt. That’s all nice! However the important thing factor is that no matter we do ought to convey glory to God and He works all issues out in his personal time to convey Him the utmost glory. God doesn’t need us to be put to disgrace, He’s too good and type for that. Plus, we’re his representatives and his gentle, subsequently He wants to make use of us to shine His gentle to the optimum.
Now these are just some of the issues we will be distracted by however for these which might be struggling with long run continual illnesses or enduring monetary hardships, we can’t essentially name that distractions now can we??
So how do folks in these conditions cope…
3. Dwelling by religion and never by our emotions
Our emotions are legitimate however not at all times true. It may be exhausting, robust and emotional to undergo sure issues however the phrase of God is the reality and He has so many guarantees and encouragement to us in His phrase:
"So don't concern, for I'm with you; don't be dismayed, for I'm your God. I'll strengthen you and enable you to; I'll uphold you with my righteous proper hand" Isaiah 41:10
"Absolutely he took up our ache and bore our struggling, but we thought of him punished by God, laid low with him, and . However he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that introduced us peace was on him, and by his wounds we're healed" Isaiah 53: 4 - 5
"Expensive good friend, I pray that you could be take pleasure in good well being and that each one could go effectively with you, at the same time as your soul is getting alongside effectively." 3 John 1:2
"Peace I go away with you; my peace I offer you. I don't give to you because the world provides. Don't let your hearts be concerned and don't be afraid." John 14:27
"And God is ready to bless you abundantly, in order that in all issues always, having all that you just want, you'll abound in each good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
"Certainly, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you might be value greater than many sparrows." Luke 12:7
" And my God will meet all of your wants based on the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
That is just some verses and a fast Google search can present so many extra verses to carry up one’s coronary heart and spirit.
As well as, typically we’re the reply to the prayers of others. We’re certainly the fingers and toes of God on Earth. As we glance to God to guide and assist us, we’re the conduits He desires to make use of at occasions to reply the prayers of these round us.
However once we are too caught up in our struggles and our ache, we can’t provide our lives as a dwelling sacrifice and present up for others.
Could God assist us to open our eyes and hearts to the wants of these which might be round us.
Could God assist us to reside past our emotions and feelings to actually belief in Him and His Phrase. Could His Holy Spirit infuse in us the energy and knowledge to make God’s phrase the anchor for our soul. Such that we run to His phrase and to Him in prayer first once we encounter difficulties or hardships of any type.