Posted: 11/12/2008 in spiritual growth

When in distress, we often want God to appear. We think that when He does, one o two things will happen. Either He will straighten everything out so our enemies will be scattered, pains mended and troubles ceased, or we will straighten Him out and show Him how He has made some mistake in our trouble.

Historically, when God appears, the scattering of enemies and healing of hurts only happens sometimes. God appeared to Abraham and nothing ensued for years. God appeared to Moses and things got worse before they got better, and never got particularly good. The disciplines wanted to see Jesus’ glory and saw Him crucified.

And whenever God appears, no one ever gets to straighten Him out. Already unhappy with their life assignment, they often end up with an even harder one Why? God’s ways are not our ways; His goals aren’t ours. We think He is about our happiness when He’s actually about our holiness.

C.S. Lewis describes it this way, “Imagine yourself living in a house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”


these are not my words… but aren’t they good! this is so relevant to where i am at right now. it’s so not about my agenda! no matter how hard i try to make it! i have just realized how high on my priority list MY agenda is. 😦 this is a exert of a devotional i am typing for our church) 


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