Praising God in the Outcome
We’ve all been there, that place where we feel that we couldn’t possibly continue; where the pain or the regret is so real that everything else seems to fade into the background and we can see no escape. Truthfully, even Jesus Christ felt pain! In fact, the burden that He carried was so heavy the He wept tears of blood!
It is in these moments of despair, loneliness, pain, heartbreak, regret, shame, anxiety or fear that we so often find ourselves questioning God. “Where are You, Lord?” we cry out, “Why would You let this happen?” or when we are feeling guilt and shame “Why would You ever want to forgive me?” Truthfully it is in these moments when we need Him the most that we tend to abandon Him, and we approach Him as though He is the one that has done the abandoning, but He said “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” to reference a section of DEUTERONOMY 31:6.
Looking at the context of the verse in its entirety, and those surrounding it, we find Moses encouraging the people; telling them that it is God Who goes before them, that He will clear the path for them and destroy the nations for them. Much like those who wondered in the wilderness we tend to allow ourselves to be burdened by our own personal wilderness, forgetting that God does indeed go before us and He clears our paths! Granted we will all, at one point or another experience some form of sorrow, but it is never a thing that we have to go through alone! We have a Savior that suffered so that He could help us through our sufferings! We have a Savior Who loves us so much that He took our sufferings upon Himself in the flesh and overcame so that we can overcome!
He said this of the matter, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (JOHN 16:33) Christ knew, He knows that the world will do its best to bring you down and that the flesh wars against the Spirit and He is prepared to go before us and make clear our way; stronger than any enemy we face, be it trial and trouble or our own thoughts, actions and emotions!
In those moments when we are crying out to God, saying “Where are you?,” questioning His willingness to forgive us, or wondering where He is because nothing seems to be going our way we tend to do the exact opposite of what He has told us to do! “Come to Me,” He said, “all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (MATTHEW 11:28-29)
We say that we love Him, that we believe in Him, but the moment that something goes wrong it is as though all of the sudden His Word isn’t true and we forget everything that is written in it. He said that He would never leave us, and we act as though He has abandoned us entirely! He said that if we come to Him He will give us peace, and we act as though it is impossible to have any! He said that if we take His yoke upon us, His Word and His command and His work, and learn from Him then our souls will find rest!
Truthfully, seeking His ways and obeying them DOES give our souls rest! When we are firmly grounded in Him, there is nothing that bring us down! In order to have the understanding that He is actually there, that He literally goes before you, that He truthfully clears your paths and makes smooth the rough ways you have to seek it! You have to genuinely want that understand and work to find it! He said “ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you!” (MATTHEW 7:7) This is a scripture that I have only ever heard taught in parts; asking is a thing you do, seeking is a thing you do, and knocking is a thing you do, and all of these are separate things.. What if that is not the case? What if everything that we have been doing is wrong? God is very obviously not wrong, He isn’t the one doing the abandoning, so then it has to be us!
Instead of questioning Him when we feel alone, and instead of being drowned by shame or guilt, perhaps we should focus more on why we feel that way; chances are it is because we haven’t done what He told us to do when He said those words. Truthfully if He spoke it then it is true, so we certainly will find rest for our souls if we learn from Him and do as He says; He said that we would!
These things are not three separate things, they are all one fluid action! I ask Him for what I need, I then seek Him for it, and when I find it I knock on the door and enter. When we are looking for an office building because we have a job interview, we don’t ask the hiring manager to meet us somewhere because we don’t know the way, do we? No! We ask for the address, we seek it, and when we find it we knock on the door and enter. Why do we treat our God as though He is any different, expecting Him to do all of the work and blaming Him or questioning Him when it does not go as we want it to. Truthfully I tell you that if you want to build a house, not a single plank will be raised unless you do it. Or have we forgotten that “faith without works is dead, being alone?” (JAMES 2:17) It takes an honest effort on our parts, He will certainly do His part!
Beloved, I urge you to reconsider the way that you approach things! We approach nothing without Him, He goes before us! Instead of wondering where He is, ask yourself where you are! Instead of saying, “God, why did You let this happen?” ask yourself how you got there? He said that He would never put us through pain!! “When you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else.” (JAMES 1:13) God never causes the trials we face, nor the suffering that follows! To do so would be wicked, and “God does not act wickedly.” (JOB 34:12) Job suffered immensely, much more than most of us ever will and even he understood that it was not God Who caused his suffering. Instead he never doubted and never questioned God, and because of that God replenished him with greater than he had before.
We spend so much time teaching about the troubles that Job went through, and the faith that He had, even going as far as to say that we “want the faith of Job,” but the moment we are given the opportunity to have faith in the midst of trial we fall short because “God has certainly abandoned us” and we don’t feel Him. We say that we want that faith, but the moment we are given the opportunity to show it we turn our backs on God, instead of fixing our eyes on Him; He told us not to be dismayed! Don’t be worried, or troubled! Things may happen, things may go horribly wrong, but He will never abandon us! We may feel like we cannot overcome, but He has and He is with us to teach us how to! Holy Spirit isn’t just in us to be a thing to talk about! He is a powerful, and wise Spirit Who is there to teach the mysteries and the love of God! How will we ever learn if we do not honestly seek?
My point? If we want God to present with us in trials and in troubles, to spare us from our pain, then we should look to Him instead of questioning where He is; realizing that it is not Him who turns away from us.
We have a Father Who loves us, Who is with us! We have a Savior Who overcame so that we can overcome! We have a Holy Spirit living in us, Who teaches us and helps us! Instead of abandoning God in the outcome of our choices, the aftermath of our decisions and actions or the sufferings and the pain that we endure, let us look to Him! We can praise Him in the outcome, no matter the outcome, because He fights for us and nothing can stand against Him! He told us this, saying “I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
I could say that I don’t want this message to turn into one about seeking Him, and being obedient, but that would be wrong. In truth, the two are very much connected with the joy that we experience in the Lord! Looking to PSALM 37:4, we see this very clearly, as it says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” essentially saying to delight yourself in the Lord and He will satisfy your heart! This is a command, followed by a promise; Do this, and I will satisfy your heart. Obedience to God, leads to joy.
Beloved I ask you to reconsider how you approach these things, instead of doing so in ways that so obviously do not work, genuinely live the way that will; that is in obedience to Him! You will find peace, comfort, and joy and this will give you rest because He satisfies us when we delight in Him!
I pray that this blesses you! If you have any questions, I am here, but remember to always seek Him first! I love you all, God bless!