There are times in life when we end up in situations or positions where we don’t get it. It may trigger anxiety or frustration. It may trigger anger or bitterness. It may even trigger more confusion and chaos. Don’t allow assumptions to make you start saying things that you don’t have the full picture to be able to make such broad statements. It can not only trigger responses from those around you, but also cause you to dig yourself into a deeper hole. Don’t assume that you have gotten to the bottom of things, make sure you don’t confuse the issue.
After many days of reading through the book of Job, today I got to chapter 38 (all the while hoping that I wouldn’t be getting prepared for a full Job experience like those of the past) and getting the following message as God started to respond to Job:
He said: 2-11“Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about? Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. (Job 38
I know that every time that I read the Word God has something to say to me. I may read the same verse year after year, but every time I read it, it has a purpose towards where I am at in my life, my journey, my adventure, my process. And today’s Words first from Job and then from Psalms spoke volumes.
Let’s make sure we have the fact. Let’s make sure we know the facts. Let’s make sure that we aren’t just spouting off our understanding or our views, but rather that it be the TRUTH! Seek the TRUTH for the TRUTH will set you free. The challenge to spouting off with out truly knowing is that someone will probably call you on it. We need to understand there is a purpose to what you are going through no matter if you realize it or not. We need to understand the purpose for things happening are for the greater plan and so that in and through it, God will be glorified. When I consider the valley time, it wasn’t fun, however, it built my character, it taught me the true power of forgiveness, I came out the other side with more faith and trust in God, and if someone offered to take it away, I would have to refuse for I learned things that allow me to understand and relate better with those who are feeling down and out, feeling mistreated, feeling abandoned, feeling lied to, feeling cheated by the system, … Without this experience I wouldn’t have pulled that much closer to God and learned such powerful truths that allow me to speak hope, life, love, wisdom into the lives of those around me. I know I don’t know everything, however, I know what I went through and I know what God was able to do through it and the lives that have been changed and touched because of it and my testimony of God’s great love and truth.
On my flight yesterday my sister came to mind. As kids we weren’t super close, but I liked to believe I was always there for her to be the big brother. I was praying about the fact that I need to be making an effort to build that relationship and connection as she is the only sibling I have. She is my baby sister. As I started my day and completed the two Job chapters, the Psalm for today spoke volumes in so few words. It spoke right into my plans and ideas, my prayers and questions. And it went like this:
How wonderful, how beautiful,
when brothers and sisters get along!
It’s like costly anointing oil
flowing down head and beard,
Flowing down Aaron’s beard,
flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.
It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon
flowing down the slopes of Zion.
Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing,
ordains eternal life.
It was the full Psalm. It was speaking right into my questions and inquiry. God’s timing is perfect. His ways are dependable and true. His Word provides wisdom and direction.
Don’t confuse the issue. Put your hope and trust in God!