“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)
Think about the ways God has revealed Himself to you. Not just “revealed” but as the title suggests “interacted”. To where you came to a present realization that the Lord of Creation was both making Himself known and also inviting you to respond. Amazing. But no, think about it. Because it’s likely a lot more intricate and layered and deep than ever you knew.
“When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of Him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest Him?” (Psalm 8:4-5)
As I move forward with my life, invariably cresting seasons and mindsets that weren’t “all that”, I find opportunities to look back and reflect. Like those little dirt side areas on the shoulder of the road as you round a bend. You pull your car off to the side and step out to overlook the ocean. I look back at the ways I perceived the future (the future in which I now walk and live) and realize the content of what I saw may not have been totally God–I don’t really know what the future holds. But the capacity to see and hope and imagine and dream is totally Him. What I mean is, God has made me for this time, and you. And when you choose to remain in His hand while He prunes off what you might think is an asset but that is really holding you back, the horizon expands out before you. Look at Jeremiah’s Lamentation (3:36-37):
“To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not. Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?”
I take this to mean that the writer encountered a wide-scale reorientation of his plans and hopes and dreams. The context before and after includes some even harsher proclamations. But here’s the thing: God is interacting with you. God is ensuring you remain on the right road. Do you ever wish you could “shuffle off this mortal coil” and enjoy the pleasures of Heaven in your daily life? This is about as close as it comes. As a Christian, the primary source of enjoyment comes from walking and communing and fellowshipping in love with our Heavenly Father. Read all about it. Line up your circumstances and instances with what those who came before left for us to study and see if maybe, just maybe, the Lord might be giving you some extra-special personal attention. You’ll get through this season with everything good you possess (but may not be presently aware of) intact. All the recrement will while away and you’ll emerge a new and more distilled individual–full of power and purpose and the hard-won kernels of wisdom. They’re yours for the taking. God bless you.
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” (Hebrews 12:5-6)