“No one can imagine
What God has Prepared
for Those Who Love Him”
1. Corinthians 2.9
It is such lovely weather today, and a perfect day to just enjoy life no matter what it holds. I drove past some golf players today, and they definitely enjoyed their game, and reminded me to enjoy my day.
How easy it is to get busy in our lives. We have so many demands all around us, and we see how we can meet these demands, and also what it will take to manage and for fill these demands. It may be taking care of the children, a project at work, finances that we need to see a change in etc. We all face them each and every day, but how do we let them affect us?
I wonder, do we open our minds to imagine what God has prepared for us in our daily activities, or are we to busy to take time to listen to what he really is trying to tell us?
And when and if we open our mind, are we then prepared for the steps He set before us?
Because those steps take us out of our comfort zone, it challenge us, it demands us to see ourselves in a new light, with new glasses. To renew our thinking to be: the value in me is needed around me.
And often in our daily life our circumstances need us more than we need them. But we have somehow forgotten that in this world where efficiency is above everything, where replacement is so easy, where many companies have the ide and strategy that we will just use what you can offer us, and when we need something more or when you are worn out, we can replace you.
But do you know that you actually participate to this if you have the mindset that you need them. Then we live in captivity and are not free to live out our potential; to take dominion and to outgrow our circumstances.
Because the reality for all of us is that our circumstances need us more than we need them. We will survive, we will find other things to do, there are tons of other opportunities out there, and we know it, but we might be capture in the thought that we need ___ . You fill in the blank part.
And I do it myself in different areas of my life, and then I find myself in captivity, not living out the potential God has put inside of me. When I feel that I are on the first floor in the building, and my reality is that my faith needs to be at the 100th floor, what do I then do?
What does it really say in 2. Corinthians 2.9
“No one can imagine
What God has Prepared
for Those Who Love Him”
What God has prepared for us, that is so amazing that no one can imagine it. We are good at imagine things, are we not? And if it is so amazing that we cannot … then let us reach out to grab it into our life.
In proverbs 37.23 it says:
“The steps of a good man
are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighted in his way.”
If our steps are ordained, may he not then know about everything we face. And if that is so, do you not think that as the amazing father he is, that he has a solution ready for us?
Do I continue living with my old habits, my old thinking, and just evaluate the situation over and over again? Because you see, we all face this situation several times in our life time, where we have to outgrow the lifestyle we have and the life we are living because our circumstances demands that of us. It may be that you lose your job, it may be your children or someone else in your family gets very sick, it may be someone you love goes through something tragic and it makes you feel helpless and full of sorrow etc. Life has its colors, and it hits all of us in our lifetime.
What do we do then? We need to be at the 100th floor, but our mindset and faith walk is on first level. Well, that is how it feel in the moment, but is that what God is saying about us?
My first reaction when I realize this is to start taking the stairs, work myself up floor, by floor, and with hard work and effort I will get there, exhausted, most likely frustrated. But I might make it to the 100th floor by my own doing.
Or I can step into trusting God, having faith in him and that he is seeing and knowing something I do not, right there and then. That he has the whole picture, and I just see the missing parts, and if I continue to have my focus on them, then I will stay stuck.
But I have the choice to take the elevator, because every tall building has an elevator right. And the elevator is trusting in God, and in obedience totally surrender to his will and what he says. Just like Moses and Aron did in Exodus 7.1-6
“So the Lord said to Moses:
“See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
Then Moses and Aaron did so; just as the Lord commanded them, so they did. And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
God gives quite detailed instructions on what is going to happen, right. He tells them what to do, what will happen, and also what he will do with the circumstances. That is the wonderful strategy of God, it is such amazing instructions in his wonderful words if we just pay fully attention to what he says. But sometimes our busyness and stress makes us start to take the stairs. We have read and captured one sentence in the story and starts to walk on that, then frustrations and pain arrive if things are not going our way, but what did God say to Moses in this particular story, he told him that it would not go their way, he told them that they would have to be obedient and follow Gods instructions and bit, by bit they would free the Israelites. But it did not happen the first time, it did not happen the second time etc.
And that is also how our lives may be sometimes. It does not happen as we thought it would, and then it is so important that we go straight back to God and ask him for new directions, because he has the whole picture, he holds us in the palm of his hand. And while all our feelings and thoughts have their crush down, we are safe in his hands when we run toward him, and ask for new directions.
And He will make us able to take the elevator and arrive at the 100th floor, because that is what he does with those who love him. And he will see it too that our circumstances make us outgrow ourselves, make us see the greatness he has put there.
Just because he is God the almighty one. It certainly did not sound like it was easy being Moses and Aron with all they had to go through. They where people just like you and me. I am sure they had some stretching and growing going on at that time, but they choose to trust God, and surrendered in obedience to what God said, and who God is. That is when our Faith is growing, and we feel the wonderful rest in the palm of Gods hands like you feel when you take the elevator from 1st to 100th floor. And it is not by our doing, it happens just by us taking the choice to step into the elevator, and the elevator is lifting us to where we need to go.
Let’s trust him in all we do, lets surrender to believing in that he holds the whole picture and we do not need to know anything else that what he leads us to there and then.