Questioning the Lords Goodness
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"Pardon me, my lord," Gideon replied, "but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian." Judges 6:13
So if Jesus appeared to me I sure hope my first response would not be to question His goodness, authority and truthfulness. But when we are not able to see God rightly (like Gideon not knowing he was talking to Jesus) everything is a bit fuzzy and twisted.
When our eyes are so fixed on our circumstances, like Peter walking on the water, it becomes our filter of what God is like. But when our eyes are fixed on Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, He is the filter of how we view our circumstances. Take Job for example. Awful upon awful happens to him. His kids die. Every single one of them. Every material blessing he had was destroyed and he gets a painfully horrendous disease and is trying to deal with it all as his well meaning friends make everything worse. But God steps in and takes off Job's circumstances glasses and puts on God glasses. Job 38-40 He shows Job whats true about Him. And that's enough. He is encouraged, refreshed, inspired to persevere. Circumstances arn't what give us rest, Jesus is. "Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest..." Mt 11:28
Are you wondering, "Why has all this happened?" wondering where the Lord's wonders are and thinking He has abandoned you? He hasn't, why not turn to Him, fix your gaze on Him in surrender and let Him put God-perspective glasses on you?
And you know what's awesome? Through Gideon's fit we get to see the graciousness of Jesus. he doesn't throw a fit about Gideon question Him saying, "Gideon, I made you, I made that wheat and you want to question my goodness? And abandon you? I'm right in front of you!" Thank you Jesus for your graciousness!
If your sin has been forgiven because you surrendered your life to Jesus and let Him take the wrath of the Father on your behalf, then God is not throwing a fit of anger about your doubt or fear. Picture His gentleness and patient correction as He turns your eyes back to what's true.
Oh Lord, You are awesome! Help us fix our eyes on You, not on our circumstances. Help us believe what's true about You that we might see. What a gift You've given us, to see You, to know You, to love You.
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1/3/2012 08:24:37 am
I always have that same reaction to this story...cringe, question what I would do. There is that saying about "asking the fleece" and I still try to hold true to it. But honestly? I don't know. I can identify with this bit of uncertainty.
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