It’s better to wait on God’s timing to pull everything together than to rush ahead where everything falls apart.
This is the Pool of Siloam where the blind man washed away the mud Jesus put on his eyes in order to regain his sight.
All of what you currently see was covered by layers and layers of dirt and debris when I first came here in 1999.
Now, after 12 years of litigation in the Israeli Supreme Court, Israel has finally been able to lease the entire pool area from the Greek Orthodox Church for the next 198 years.
Every year I came back over the past 24 years, though, I was able to see more of the Bible come alive through new finds in this area. Think about that for a second.
Archeologists could have been sitting idly by waiting to have the entire area. Instead, they’ve been excavating what they could, while waiting on what they couldn’t.
The Father will accomplish His purposes in your life in His timing. The question is, “Are you doing what you can today in preparation for what He has for you tomorrow?”
It’s been said, “A good rule of thumb for many things in life holds that things take longer to happen than you think and then happen much faster than you thought.”
Let Jesus remove useless dirt and debris from your life today in order to prepare you for what He has in store for you tomorrow.
Storms come to drive us to the only true protective shelter – God.
This pictures a torn down fortress built by Solomon at Arad in the Negev, most often called his southern fortress.
Problem, this fortress didn’t last any longer than the protective fortress David built around Jerusalem. Why? Solomon, through his numerous wives, introduced idol worship into both cities.
Solomon built a miniature temple replica in Arad, complete with a sacrifice altar. The people could worship God here in Arad, even though God instructed the Israelites to only sacrifice in Jerusalem. Whatever was easiest and felt good could be worshipped.
There is only one way to worship the Father if you want sustained victory; and that, is His way. Jesus reiterated this when He said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one gets to the Father except through Me.”
Scripture talks about God being our fortress, our protection against life’s storms (Ps. 18:2). Yet, Paul talks about fortresses we build in our minds (2 Cor. 10:4-5). The rationalizations, justifications and arguments we use to justify what we want to do when we want to do it. In other words, whatever is easiest and pleasurable to us. Sound familiar?
These strongholds, just like the one pictured, will not last any more than David and Solomon’s fortress walls. Only worshiping God through obedience creates a stronghold that can last against any siege or siege engine for God is the only one who can truly protect us.
It’s time to deal with your man-made ineffective fortresses. Today, let the Spirit show you the lies you are relying upon in order to refortify yourself for the coming storms.
“No healthy Christian ever chose suffering. Instead they chose to do God’s will as Jesus did whether it meant suffering or not.” Oswald Chambers
This little guy got knocked down not because he made a mistake, but simply because his opponent was better at that point in the game.
Yet, what must this guy do if he wants to win? Get back up again. I wish our lives were a straight trajectory upward, but they are not. Life knocks us down.
Jesus was literally knocked down. He was nailed to a cross not because He sinned, but because He was obedient.
Suffering doesn’t equate to sin. It does equate, however, with opportunities to grow our faith as seen in our obedience.
We will reign with Christ someday and the pathway to that place is suffering (Rom. 8:17). When life gets hard (aka suffering) keep getting up by faith in the truths the Spirit gives you.
Victory will come. It’s His promise to you.
“Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their disbelief in God.” Bonhoeffer
God redeemed the horrendous decision made by Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery and by Potiphar to falsely imprison him by putting Joseph into a position in the Egyptian government where He could save his entire family from at least a regional famine.
After the famine was over, though, Joseph and his brothers brought their father Jacob back to Canaan to bury him with Isaac and Abraham. Could the entire clan have stayed? Scripture never said they couldn’t. They stayed because they had a good life in Egypt.
This bad decision led to a future Egyptian government enslaving them for hundreds of years. But didn’t God tell Abraham his future family would be enslaved (Gen. 15)? Yes, He did. But, did He say this because He knew the choices Jacob’s family would make to stay in their comfort zone in Goshen?
The Lord gave the Canaanites over 400 years to turn to Him, which could have happened even if Jacob’s family was living in the Land. And then another 40 years to hear about what God had done to Egypt, the world super power of its day, in order to turn from their gods to Him like Rahab did.
The reality of our world is that people have free will to make good or bad choices. God doesn’t cause either one! People do. Yet, God has the power to take those horrendous choices made by others, like Joseph’s brothers and Pharaoh’s officials, and turn them into something good for His glory (Rom. 8:28), especially where others can see Jesus in us and turn from their disbelief to belief in Him.
Take the long view – redemption. Not everything that happens to us is good, in fact far from it. Yet, we love and serve a God who can turn those horrible situations out for His glory and your becoming more like Jesus for everyone to see.