Praising Jesus in the unknown…
How often do we believe that in this world we will find peace, comfort and abundant blessings? God does want to bless us, let us feel His love, use us and comfort us, but His Son paid a price for that. He says that not everything will be easy and comfortable but many times quite the opposite that we will have trials (John 16:33). We have to learn that He is all we need.
Daniel and I have been through many changes in our short marriage and feel like God is trying to help us internalize what we teach kids through Freedom Camp – He is ALL we need. For many kids we meet, He is ALL they have.
It feels as if God has stripped everything from our life to show us this truth that He is with us and ALL we need.
I laughed with Daniel the other day, “Maybe God is teaching us to practice what we preach – to fully understand that God really is ALL we need. If we’re going to teach kids that He is enough, we need to know that fully ourselves.”
As painful as it is to give God everything (and I mean everything), He teaches us to trust Him beyond anything we could ever imagine.
An amazing friend and mentor of mine told me, “Faith doesn’t begin until ability ends.”
If faith is the evidence of things hoped for and not seen and we could reach those places on our own, then why would we need God or why would we need to trust Him to do what we can get done (Hebrews 11:1)? If God promises that we should live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and that He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4) and do way more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), then that’s the boat I want to ride in. No matter how fast or slow it goes.
I see why this is the road less traveled and the narrow way, because it’s so difficult (Matthew 7:13-14). It’s not always fun. But to experience the glory of God and His love so intimately is worth all the sacrifice.
Lately, I have been reading 1 Corinthians 2, and it is so good. I keep reading it because there’s so much I can learn from it. I have copied it below so maybe the Lord will speak to you through it as well.
God loves you so much that He wants to show you no matter the cost (John 3:16). He gave His Son… surely, we can give our lives to know Him better and live in His love. In my experience, there’s no other way to live. I can’t imagine a life without the love of the Lord. My prayer is that you open your heart to truly let Him shape you and give you the desires He has for your life. His ways are higher (Isaiah 55:9).
Paul’s Message of Wisdom
1When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
6Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”
10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16For,
“Who can know the LORD’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.