Too many times, people mistakenly think that the more they go on and on about the sin and junk in someone’s life, the more inclined that “sinner” will be to repent and turn to God. This is just not true. Paul tells us that it is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (see Rom. 2:4)… Instead of calling out people’s sins, we should tell them about the glory God has intended for them to live in. Result? This exposure brings conviction in their lives that they are living below the glorious standard that God has set for them.
God’s style often baffles me: God moves at a slow pace, prefers rebels and prodigals, restrains power, and speaks in whispers and silence. Yet even in these qualities I see evidence of God’s longsuffering, mercy, and desire to woo rather than compel. When in doubt, I focus on Jesus, the most unfiltered revelation of God’s own self. I learn to trust God, and when some tragedy or evil occurs that I cannot synthesize with the God I have come to know and love, then I look to other explanations.
Perhaps you began to question God’s love or His wisdom. Maybe you were afraid to say that He was wrong, but you sort of said, “God, you deceived me in letting me believe that this was the right thing to do. Why didn’t you stop me?” A whole lot of wrong things can happen if you try to look at God from the middle of circumstances.
The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend.
To worship is to ascribe to God things that are true about him until we actually believe that truth and live according to it.
I am so thankful that God loves us so much that He is willing to lead us through desert seasons and difficult times in order to grow us, teach us, and complete a fresh work inside of us. In His mercy and kindness He remains close in every moment of pain, every poor decision, and every heartache. His promises hold true and He is faithful to every single word.
God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is…. Why do we tarry without? Why do we consent to abide all our days just outside the Holy of Holies?
We have a God who says He will be our God and our Guide to the end not just halfway through but to the end.
Keep this great fact in view: God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Christian must never allow himself to lose sight of this permanent orienting fact: God is.
God’s self-existence means that he is not answerable to us or to anybody. Although He sometimes explains things to us, he does not have to and often he does not. God does not have to explain himself to anybody.