Sunday, October 19, 2008

When God Moves... He moves...

“While Peter was wondering abut the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.” Acts 10:17-18

This event is just proof of how God really works everything together. Here, God was preparing the way for the non Jews to be welcomed into the Kingdom through Jesus. God was ready to take the message to the world. And what is really interesting is that there was a lot of things that needed to come together in order for this to happen. God needed a faithful gentile to bring Peter over to his place. Then God had to give Peter a reason to go. God intricately weaved plans together so that His glory was shown. This story is amazing in itself. It is a truly great to see God work in such ways.

Sometimes I look at stories like these and wonder if they still happen today. I know that God is still working and will continue to work in miraculous ways. But this excites me to hear things like this. This gets me all worked up because I know that God is working. It encourages me to keep the faith, to hold on to His promises even though it may be dark and I cannot see the light of day and I do not understand. I know that He is working. I know that He is forming the perfect plan.

Lord, it is pretty amazing how you do things. But what is pretty amazing is when I have to take a step back and see it all, your works is just so awesome. You amaze me.

Friday, October 17, 2008

He gives and takes away

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” -Job (Job 1:21)

What a statement. This is profound. Despite his circumstances, Job praises the Lord. That takes some real commitment and some real dedication to the Lord to say. I don’t think I can fully appreciate this statement. It must have been a struggle to loose what was pretty much everything, and in those days they did not have like a safety net or like welfare for people to go to. If you lost everything then it is exactly that, you lost everything.

It is a weird time in my life for this verse to come along. I am in the midst of a financial hardship with really no relief in sight and bills coming down my throat. It’s not like it is going to get any easier too. However, it is difficult to get to the end of the maze, when every time you make a turn, on what you think is for the better, it turns out to be a dead end. It is tough and I feel like there is on end in sight. Today after staring at my accounts I am totally at loss. I sit here and ponder what the next step is, and really it’s not like I lost everything, but man I am being pushed to the end of my rope here. But this verse, Naked I came... Naked I shall return.... The Lord gives and takes away... Blessed be the name of the Lord, rings so true. It’s no so much what happens to me it is what my reaction is to it. My heart, my attitude towards God. This will either build me up or tear me down depending upon my attitude. That is what Job had, I want his attitude. I read a quote by Charles Swindoll, Here it is...

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

This is exactly what God is showing through his servant Job. Follow his attitude. God knows that all things work for good according to His purpose. So my part is to have a good attitude about it.
Lord help me to know the attitude I need to have for this season in my life. I know that you work for the good. I trust Lord that things will come together for the good. I trust Lord that this will happen.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Use Money to Gain...

”I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed in to eternal dwellings.“ Luke 16:9

Interesting passage. Here Jesus states it is okay to make money if you use it for eternal practices. At leas that is what one commentary says. But it makes total sense. Why not use money to gain important results? Why must shouldn’t we use money to gain eternal wealth. The whole passage is about stewardship. But it is also about how we need to use the resources to gain friends. The important thing is to gain friends. Go save the world, that is what the passages means. God gives resources of any type for you to steward. Use it to go save people and save the world. Do things right, but be creative in what you do. This is an awesome verse. Jesus states take every angle and go for it. Look at how to accomplish something and just go for it, and do it as wisely as possible. Use all the available resources at your disposal so that the kingdom can be pressed into areas where with out resources it would not be possible.

So how does this apply to me? I know that I get caught up in making money and that I want to do things that will make money. But what should my purpose of making money be? To gain more wealth? Well, the lesson here is that I need to use the resources that God has given me to spread the word, expand the kingdom, and to widen my influence with others. To expand the kingdom should be the greatest goal, and use everything I have to do it.

Lord, this is a revelation. I mean now I get it, use your wealth so that you can push the kingdom into corners where without it it would not be possible.