The Hound of Heaven WILL have His way…

This is truly something to thank Him for as the holidays approach – when you may be struggling with your “not so Hallmark” Thanksgiving…it may be a walk of faith for you, these coming days, when sight lies and hope dies…   Take heart, dear friend, that He is busy as always and is still hounding that loved one and He will be all He says He is, the Father with not only arms wide but the Father who is actively working on this child or spouse or parent who feels their one goal in life is to run the opposite way of Him…

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet.  That which I greatly feared had come upon me.  In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most reluctant convert in all England.  I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine Humility which will accept a convert even on such terms.  The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet.  But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words “compelle intrare”, “compel them to come in”, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine Mercy.  The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

This is the walk of faith, isn’t it?  To thank Him by faith that all will be well?

Hand picked…

Remember this,

had any other condition been better for you than the one you are in,

Divine Love would have put you there.

You are placed by God

in the most suitable circumstances…

Be content with such things as you have,

since the Lord has ordered ALL things for your good….”

The story is told of a man who felt buried under the pressure and weight of his cross.  He cried out to God daily and asked for relief.  One day God answered him: He took him to a large room full of all sizes of crosses; many larger than life, all weathered and full of thorns, and told the man he could pick his cross.   The man spied one very tiny cross in the back of the room, alone in a corner, so small that is could hardly be called a cross.  “O Lord, I could handle that cross.  I would do so much better if I could have that one instead of the one I have been carrying.”  God looked at him and laughed, “Child of Mine, that is the cross you have been carrying!”

Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder,

and WILL PROVE most effective to make you perfect in every good work and word.

DOWN busy self and proud impatience,

it is not for you to choose,

but for the Lord of love!!”

The truth is that our exact condition – our EXACT condition – our afflictions, our frames of mind, our circumstances, are the best for us.  They will not be avoided by more exercise, a low fat diet, conferences and books, diligence and self-discipline, more earnest prayer, better self-talk, etc. etc. etc.

How quickly we forget our times are in HIS Hand, not our own!!  He knows what He is doing!  And He WILL hand choose the afflictions given to you today, tomorrow, and when you are old…you are NOT at the mercy of your physical health, your mental health, your mistakes in parenting, your emotional health, your parents, your boss, your circumstances, finances, your spouse, your children, or anything else!

We MUST remember this.   Now!  Here!  Do not give in to those other thoughts.  This is needed balm for you!  He will be by our side as much tomorrow as today, His Hand just as involved in ordering ALL things in your lives…

 

He is jealous for you…

“Did He not buy you with His own blood?

He cannot endure 

that you should think

that you are your own…”         Spurgeon

I read those words over and over…Am I not my own?  No, I am not.  I am not!  Say it out loud, “I am NOT my own!”

We cannot thwart Him in His plans for us…

We cannot thwart Him as He works our very own frames into a beautiful vibrant woman of grace.

He is very jealous of your trust.  He will not permit you to trust in an arm of flesh (even my own)

When we lean on Him, He is glad, but

When we transfer our dependence to another,

when we rely on our own wisdom…

Worst of all when we trust in any works of our own

He is displeased…”

I get into trouble when I rely on my own wisdom.  When I rely on my own feelings.  He will not permit us to trust in an arm of flesh – EVEN OUR OWN – ESPECIALLY not our own, I think…

I ask Him today, “O Lord!  All I ask is that You have Your way with me!  Please!”

He leans back His head and laughs…”Do you think it is even remotely possible I wouldn’t have My way with you?”

Weakness and strength…

“Are you mourning over your own weakness?

Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory.

Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled…

God will empty out all that thou hast  

before He will put His own into thee;

He will first clean out thy granaries before He will fill them 

with the finest of wheat…”

You just can’t get away from the principle that weakness is good.  Why can’t we believe this?  Weakness means weakness.

“One of the reasons biblical Christianity has to be so drastically distorted in order to sell it to mass markets is that the market wants power to escape weakness in leisure, but Christianity offers power to endure weakness in love.

Verse 9 just doesn’t sell: “Jesus said [in response to Paul’s prayer], ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” IN weakness? What the market wants is escape from weakness, not power in weakness. But to meet that felt need in the market the message must be distorted—and often is…”    John Piper

O, that I would believe Him!  Well, he will have His way whether I embrace this or not…So thankful for His promise to be the Author and Perfecter of my faith…