Posts Tagged ‘confusion’

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Then the LORD called out again, ‘Samuel!’ Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?'” (1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Around 1998-99, my father called me, said he had been praying and the Lord had impressed on him to sell his stocks quickly and believed I should to. When I called my accountant, himself a minister, he called me crazy because the market was really high. Torn between the two, I sided with my Dad and was glad I did! A few weeks later, the market crashed but out investments were safe.

When it comes to hearing God, Oswald Chambers once remarked, “God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, ‘I wonder if that is God’s voice?'” It’s not that God longs to be mysterious or misunderstood, but that we would take the extra time and effort to be still and listen to Him for further information instead of assuming and moving in self-reasoning.

Hearing and understanding God takes time and practice. Although it requires effort, it is important for us to learn this facet of spiritual discipline. Don’t let God be a mystery! He wants you to know how much you are loved!

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God has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NLT)

On April 15, 2013, James Costello was cheering near the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded, severely burning his arms and legs and sending shrapnel into his flesh. During the months of surgery and rehabilitation that followed, Mr. Costello developed a relationship with one of his nurses, Krista D’Agostino, and they soon became engaged. “I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook. “It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

Many things we encounter in life rarely makes sense until later. Sometimes, however, hindsight still doesn’t bring answers. That’s when trust comes in. God allows things to happen for a purpose, which is the scavenger hunt of life: trying to make sense of it all.

When life doesn’t make sense, hang in there. Answers come in God’s time. And for those things we don’t understand, just keep living. God will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28)! You are loved today!

The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.” (Daniel 2:45 NLT)

We’ve all had those moments of standing at a crossroads & didn’t know how to decide. Worse than that is those times where you don’t even have choices, only a plate full of negative consequences that appear to be about to collapse your life. Wisdom to make decisions & Hope to keep the spirit from being crushed are absolutely necessary for us to live. And God knows this.

Even kings, like Nebuchadnezzar, need help, that’s why God sent him Daniel. God was revealing Himself to the king & He was teaching Daniel to step out in faith and trust that God would answer. Both men came away encouraged to know that they weren’t alone in desperate situations, but that the great God moves best when things seem most bleak!

You need this assurance in your own life. God does use people & things to assist us, but don’t look for help there. Go to God today for wisdom & hope, and then be ready for whoever or whatever God sends to provide it. You are not alone or hopeless when your trust is in our great God! You are loved today!

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