2017 taught me who’s in charge, and I’m okay with that. Knowing that God’s running the show, I can see things from a different perspective. A transcendental perspective.
Get into the habit of saying “speak Lord”, and being quiet. Anticipate his voice in every encounter. Recognize the divine appointments He sets up, and leave the rest up to Him. Because God’s working all things together for the good of those that love Him according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), He’ll make sure that the good I do will be received by those that need it.
We cannot stop God’s plan. If I’m unwilling, He will use another. We are strategically placed in every moment according to His plan with this mission: to do good and right. All work together for good, He gives us all we need and withholds nothing we need.
He won’t remove anyone that’s needed. If one is called out of a ministry, He’ll put another in their place. A painful truth at the end of last year.
Wrath and Justice
Every year I come back to the issue of suffering and evil. I studied Job, I read Tim Keller’s book, even writing a post on it. God loves His creation and is angry at anyone and anything that is destroying the people and world He loves. If God is loving and good, He must be angry at evil. Angry enough to do something about it.
A God without wrath has no need to go to the cross and suffer incredible agony and die in order to save us. He took our punishment on Himself. He doesn’t need us but wants us to willingly want Him.
God doesn’t play favorites between me and you, or you and another. That shook me when I realized it.
Still one of His loved enough to die for, but He is just. He also isn’t surprised by anything that happens, and work it for an eternal purpose. Wherever there is a Christian, there is the presence of God, and that should make an impact.