God is Faithful, But He Often Takes Us on a Circuitous Path to Blessing!

9 May

winding-pathWe like formulas. We prefer proven methods. It gives us comfort when 1+1=2. But when the secret sauce remains hidden, when the logical approach doesn’t bring the sensical solution, when 1+1=8.3, we lose heart quickly.

God is completely dependable and will fulfill His promises, but not always in a straight line. And it drives us to discouragement, wondering if he really loves us. Have we misunderstood? Have we sinned in some way to cause Him to delay? We cry out, “Why, Lord, do you tarry?” I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do, remained faithful, and still things aren’t working out the way they’re “supposed to.”

There are promises in the Bible that sound formulaic: do this and this blessing will come. It seems straightforward and simple, but complexity and delay seem to discount the promise.

Some reminders from Scripture will give us proper perspective and allow us to remain hopeful when the rules don’t seem to apply to our situation.

1 Peter 3:8 – But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Isaiah 55:9 – As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.\

Ecclesiastes 8:17 – then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.

Romans 11: 33 – Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

We are bombarded with advice that promises a path to a sure win. And for some those best practices do work. But often, for the one the Lord is wanting to shape for depths of holiness, trust, and usefulness, the path is more circuitous and the formulas worthless. For such a person the only sure thing is to stay faithful and obedient.

The beginning days are often the hardest, and we must not quit. God’s provisions along the way are often just enough, and we must remember to thank Him. First comes obedience, then the blessing. He takes the impossible and glorifies Himself through our dependence.

We miss so much with God when we wait for favorable circumstances. The glimpse of the promise must be enough for us. Follow His “go” and don’t lose heart when His leading is surprisingly vague and changing. Don’t analyze it – just follow the path that is lit before you, even if it’s just one step.

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