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

Talking fast

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Yes, I do talk fast, especially when called upon to rehearse announcements at church.  For some reason, I find it my personal mission to make “announcements” the most exciting part of the morning.  *Sigh*

As I was reading Proverbs 31 (in the Amplified Bible) this morning, I came across verses 26 & 27 and almost became weary…  **In reality, it was the Holy Spirit giving correction to this area of my life.**

“She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel & instruction].”  (Verse 26)

Initially, I thought, “Yep, that’s me.  I often give counsel and instruction.”  Kids, church members, extended family, and my husband often receive some sort of counsel and instruction from me.  In fact, I’m asked quite often for my opinion on things.  But, then, I read on…

“She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.” (Verse 27)

Excuse me while I go and wipe the bread of idleness off my mouth.  I have a few crumbs left over…

Hand over mouth

So, as I was confessing my shortcomings to the Lord in this area of my life, I wrote in my journal…”Maybe I should go on a “talking only when necessary” fast.  You know, like a “fast from food,” but instead of food, WORDS!  As I prayed through this, I realized (OBVIOUSLY) that I can’t walk through my day without talking at all.  Everyone will think I’ve lost my mind or am seriously upset.  However, I am going to do a few things before I speak:

  1. Think first (duh, right?)
  2. Consider the best way to communicate my point of view
  3. Those bread of idleness words will not be given a chance to rise… gossip, discontent, and self-pity, will not even exit my mouth: With God’s help, of course.
  4. Put on a smile

This is a difficult task, for sure, but I’m believing what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God, ALL things are possible.”

I’ll let you know how it goes… 🙂