Monday, May 9, 2016

As He Has Purposed

Trials and hardship are like spring time for trust. Plain and simple…it is during seasons of pain that our trust in the Lord blossoms best.

Not so much while everything is going according to our plan…not really…it is mostly when the earth under our feet quakes, and we lose our footing, that we remember we have an Almighty Father who can rescue us from our fall. The thing is that Our Heavenly Father is always here with us…in the good times as well as in the bad times…however, we tend to forget about His presence when we cruise through life on a smooth road, with the top down in a bright sunny day.

In the seasons of extravagant bliss and lush abundance we think we are the ones behind the wheel of that convertible. And, although we acknowledge our blessings and enjoy the bounty in gratitude…we often take credit and toy with the thought that perhaps, there was something, even if so small, that we did that turned on the sun that warms our skins or that produced the ripe fruits that delight our taste.

In reality, however, neither in hardship nor in comfort there is much we can control. There is only One God who is Sovereign above all:

I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things. Isaiah 45: 5-7

He is clear, both the prosperity as well as the disaster belong to Him and He can turn it all into good for His glory. He is the Divine Designer, the Maker, the Potter…the Architect of all the days of our lives. Our path is in His hand and our plan fulfills His purpose,

The Lord Almighty has sworn,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
and as I have purposed, so it will happen. 
Isaiah 14: 24

Our job is to remain in constant communication through prayer, so the wisdom of His design flows through us and the Light of His Spirit guides our every step. No matter what happens, we hang on to His hand and let Him be at the wheel…as the driver…as we call out for His presence to be evident in the bumpy rides as well as in the smooth cruise.

May we let go and be able to enjoy the ride…the ride of our lives!

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