INTRODUCTION

Sometimes things happen in life, that cause people to turn their eyes towards heaven and cry out to God for His help, and others to turn their eyes towards heaven and cry out in anger and bitterness.  It’s our choice how we will respond when the overwhelming circumstances of life comes our way, and it’s only a matter of time before each one of us will be faced with one. 

 On April 7th, 2010, when I was first told by my doctor of the medical condition I have,  I began to think about the choice of being angry at God, but I could only think…’How can I’…He has revealed Himself and His truth to me through His Word, and I have been saved by His grace and have come to know Him in such a real and personal way!  The circumstances of my life in no way diminish God’s worthiness to be praised!  I have learned from all I have been through in life, that He is in control, no matter how the circumstances or outcomes of the situations may appear at first. 

As I began to think about the many blessings God has brought into my life, and just how amazing our God is, and how He deserves to be praised, no matter what the circumstances in my life may be, there was no room whatsoever in my mind to even consider being angry at God!   I began to put all my thoughts together, and the end result is the following poem.

God wants us to learn, as His Word says, that His ways are always higher than ours, and we just can’t see the whole picture of what He has planned for our future.  To us our lives sometimes appears like the back of a woven tapestry…we can only see the jumbled chaotic mess of threads…the confusing and sometimes painful circumstances that seem to make no sense when we have trusted God with our health, or our marriages and loved ones, who left us or died.

God, however, sees the other side; the finished product of every beautiful detail of each stitch that went into creating the beautifully woven picture… of our lives.  The painful circumstances of  life, can create beauty, compassion, and a depth of character in us that would never have happened if God would not have allowed these circumstances into our lives. 

We may not like what God has allowed into our lives, but if we have developed a personal relationship with God, by first knowing Jesus as our Savior and choosing to turn from sinful behavior and making Him Lord of our lives, and if we spend quality time in His Word, we will get to know His character, and learn that He can be trusted.  And knowing that God is loving, just, and holy, and learning  to trust Him, as we see His faithfulness to carry us through the smaller trials, will give us the calm assurance that He will work  all things together for our good, (Romans 8:28) no matter how overwhelming or confusing the trial at hand may appear.

So if the circumstances of life ever get you to the point where you just don’t understand why God has allowed something horrible to happen, please don’t turn away from Him or begin to doubt His love for you.  Instead choose to focus on the fact that He is still in control, and run to Him and believe that He will somehow bring good and beauty out of the confusing  trial at hand. 

However, if you are a person who has not yet come to the point of realizing that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and instead you are trying what I and almost everyone else has done throughout their lives…placing our trust in our ‘good works’ as our way to please God and be accepted by Him when we stand before Him on judgement day…these trials may actually be what God may be using to draw you to Himself, so that He can reveal His truth to you. 

As believers, we may not ever understand the purpose for every trial until we are with Him in heaven, but when we behold His glory, do you really think the reason for the trials we go through will even matter?

                                                                  

SCRIPTURES TO HELP YOU FOCUS ON THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD

 AND NOT ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:3-9

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.  If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.  However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.  For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”  1 Peter 4:12-17

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalms 9:10

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Psalms 20:7

“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in You I trust, O my God.  Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.”  Psalms 25:1

“But I trust in You, O LORD; I say,  “You are my God.  My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.  Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.”  Psalms 31:14-16

“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”  Psalms 37:3-9

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done.  The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them , they would be too many to declare.”  Psalms 40:4,5

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people both now and forevermore.”  Psalms 125:1,2

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5,6

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.  Sing to the LORD, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.  Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”  Isaiah 12:2-6

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.”         Isaiah 26:3,4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anythingfrom the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”  James 1:2-8

“I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.”  Psalms 34:1

“My mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendor all day long.”            Psalms 71:8

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.”  Psalms 29:2

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.”  Psalms 148:13

“Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.”  Psalms 96:9

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  Job 23;10

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan. 

 

HOW CAN I

How can I ever thank You, for giving me eyes to see,

The beauty of the gospel, that has the power to set us free,

How can I ever thank You, for Your love so faithful and true,

And Your promise to never leave me, for not even a moment since I began my life

 with You,

How can I ever doubt You, even when my eyes fill with tears,

For Your peace that surpasses all understanding, always rushes in to calm all my

 fears,

How can I ever doubt You, that You have everything under control,

Even when my life is in chaos, Your Word speaks the truth I need that quiets my soul,

How can I not but praise You, when You promise to work all things together for my

 good,

And I know somehow in this You will be glorified, and You will work things out much

 better than I ever could,

How can I not but praise You, the awesome God who created all the beauty of the

 heavens and the earth,

Till my final breath I will never cease to praise You, yet still fall short of declaring the

 full splendor of Your worth.

 

 Copyright©  2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket- October2007307-1-1 Somerset England, UK   Scripture added by Mary K. Dalke on Photobucket.

 

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