Does God Lie?

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Mic drop. WHOA… What did she just ask? Poignant question, if you ask me. But WHY would a Bible-believing, Jesus-loving woman even pose such a question? Trust me, I know that the Bible is full of His promises, but many times, I allow my emotions, questions, and doubts cloud my heart and keep me from a vibrant faith-filled life.

Does God Lie?

 

Faith. It’s one of the greatest gifts that God gives, but it’s also one with a great number of demands. Trust, obey, believe… Believe in something. Trust Someone our naked eye cannot see, touch, smell, feel, or taste. Faith goes beyond our human senses.

 

I often see faith as a wrestling match. If you’ve never grown up watching one or have a child who participates, let me explain because I’ve certainly watched plenty with my two younger brothers participating in the sport. Two young men (young women can join in the fun now too), walk on to a very large, square foam mat, meet in the center circle, hunch into a fighting pose, shake hands, and essentially dance around the mat trying to out maneuver each other to score the pin (both shoulders of the opponent touches the mat for 3 seconds). They often perform crazy, mind and body bending moves, and if done correctly, these matches are quite exciting to watch. However, every once in a while, you come across two fellas who pretty much just touch hands, stall, or scuttle around the mat for three periods. Disappointing, for sure!

 

Well, back to faith. I love how Hebrews 11:1 defines faith, “Faith is the confidence that we hope for will actually happen; it give us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT) The Message paraphrase of the Bible puts it this way, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

 

Ok, confession time: sometimes when I read something like this, I think, “Now, that’s for someone else WAY more talented, anointed, or blessed than me. They CAN have confidence because they have a special ability in which to place that confidence.”

 

But then, the sweet Holy Spirit chimes in and reminds me from Jeremiah 17:7, “But, blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence,” (NLT). Notice here that those who are blessed trust only in the Lord and make Him ALONE – not talents, abilities, or earthly resources- their hope and confidence.

 

Confidence, assurance, trust, firm foundation, a life worth living… I don’t know about you, but those words pulled from this scripture describe the kind of life I so desire to have.

 

However, it’s not an easy life, but it’s an exciting life! Faith is lively, active, and pretty much like… a wrestling match. We may not see the spiritual realities in the here and now, but when we grapple with our faith, get deeper in the word, take time to worship, serve those who may not serve you back, maintain a confident hope in Him, take risks and make moves to get that “pin…” oh, how sweet that victory will be one day be! “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!” Hebrews 10:35

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On the horizon

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Sometimes, it’s hard to see what lies ahead.  I get caught up in the here and now that I don’t take a look at the BIG PICTURE!  In a season of changing diapers day in and out, I wasn’t sure there was a time in which tushie wiping would cease.  I don’t know about you, but I get stuck, often forgetting the great promises that are on the horizon.

 

One of my favorite stories in ALL of the Bible has to be that of Moses leading the people of Israel through the wilderness and then passing the baton of leadership to Joshua, who led them into the Promised Land.  There are just SO many great life lessons to be learned here!

 

Many Bible teachers have used this story as a parallel to the Christian life, especially those who seem to be walking in the theoretical “wilderness,” meaning pretty much a difficult season.  I have several friends who are walking in a “wilderness” season of life, and quite frankly, I get frustrated for them (not with them) because I don’t understand why.

 

However, in that frustration, I also KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that their PROMISED LAND is just on the horizon.  The Israelites journey began with an incredible miracle of God’s hand.  He parted the waters of the Red Sea, so that the His chosen people could escape the Egyptians, walk on dry seabed, and arrive safely on the other side, looking on as the waters crashed onto their pursuing enemies.

 

After that incredible miracle, the people of Israel were doomed by their complaining to wander the desert for 40 years, and in that time, the mantle of leadership shifted to a new leader, Joshua.  Joshua, although not a perfect leader, learned key leadership lessons and was now directing the people of Israel into their Promised Land.  However, before rushing in and taking over the land, Joshua stopped and asked the people to, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says.” (Joshua 3:9)

 

Instead of hurrying their way across the Jordan River in their own strength and method, the Israelites wilderness experience ended with another parting of waters.  They crossed the river on dry ground following the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant.  What incredible bookends to the desert wandering!  An impossible parting of two bodies of water at two separate times.

 

Maybe you’ve seen miracles.  Maybe you’re in a “wilderness” adventure right now.  Maybe you’ve come out on the other side. You don’t have to “do” everything right.  You’ll make mistakes.  Just keep trusting Him.  Continue trying to live as His Word encourages.  Wherever you are, believe that your Promised Land is on the horizon. I’m believing it for you, too.

So faithful

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IMG_4573It was a year ago I was pregnant with Caleb knowing I would have a sweet little boy in a few short month.  Before he was ever conceived, God had an incredible plan for his life, and unimaginably, He loves him even more than I do.  At the moment the pregnancy test was positive, my heart leapt with joy because I knew the Lord gave me the boy I desired so much.  You see, this was a desire I shared with hardly anyone, except my heavenly Father.  I SO wanted a little boy…  And the day the ultrasound technician confirmed the little man growing in my tummy, the Lord reminded me of His promise from Psalm 37…

“Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the Lord

and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;

Trust Him and He will do this

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still for the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” 

Psalm 37:3-7a

While I’m still working on the “doing good,” “delighting [myself] in the Lord,” and “[being] still before the Lord and waiting patiently for Him,” I’m grateful every day for His faithfulness.  He granted me one of the most inmost desires of my heart!  I’m sure I would have been every inch as grateful for another fantastic little girl, I just believe this was another way in which God wanted me to see EVERYDAY His consistent, constant faithfulness, unconditional love, and merciful graciousness.