my goings are of the Lord

I am amazed by God.

“For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” Job 34:21

“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2

“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” Proverbs 5:21

“Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24

God has a plan for each and every human being on this planet. God is not only working in my life, but orchestrating the lives of everyone on this planet – and that is not from one moment to the next either… He has orchestrated it from beginning to end!

Within such an intricate and massive conglomeration, He has some who willingly submit to His plan for them, while others outright defy it. They choose their own way because they think their way is better, which is absurd, but they don’t know! They don’t know that God has a specific plan for them. They don’t know God! At least not truly, for if they did, surely they would submit their petty desires to the One Who wants only the best for each and every individual.

He loves every person within the complex network of humanity, and for those who choose His way, everything works out quite perfectly.  And for those who choose to reject His way, well, He still works things out perfectly! Tragically, they simply lose the blessings that God had in store for them. He works through and with all the choices that are made by BILLIONS of people!

 

I am in awe.

I cannot understand my own way, but I know the One Who has planned it!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

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becoming a cheerful giver

“God loveth a cheerful giver.”

I was reading 2 Corinthians 9, and when I got to this verse, I stopped. Usually, I quickly skim by it with a mindset of Yeah, yeah, give my tithes and offerings with a willing, happy heart. No problem! But today I really thought about the verse and decided to apply it on a deeper level.

First of all, I grew up in a Christian home, so giving money to the work of the Lord has never been a struggle. If my parents gave me a dollar, then I gave a dime to Jesus. If grandma sent me ten dollars for my birthday, one dollar went into the offering plate. I didn’t do it because I was forced and I never wondered why God wanted my money. I just knew that giving was another way of showing my love for God and trusting that He would provide for all my needs. And He does–for every need and even for wants.

Maybe you didn’t grow up as I did. Maybe giving is a struggle for you. If so, please let me tell you that it is worth it. First of all, knowing you had a part in something great – the work of the Lord – I have always seen it as such a privilege. Secondly, just proving God’s faithfulness is an awesome experience. When you give by faith and see the Lord provide in ways you did not expect, He becomes so real!

Also, I realized that there is more of me to give then just of my finances. I struggle more with giving when it comes to my time and my talents. I selfishly schedule my time. I have time for work, church, devotions, and other ministry. I want time to read, to play the piano, to write, to run, to cook, to play games, and to spend time with friends, but anything outside of my regular schedule I sometimes consider unwelcome.  When it comes to my talents, I tend to hide them for fear they aren’t good enough. I doubt whether God could really use my talents for His purposes when there are so many others who could do it better.

But I realized my perspective on all of these things–my time, my treasures, my talents–was completely wrong! None of it is mine! It is His time, His treasures, and His talents! If I will consistently adjust my perspective to see that all these things are not my own, I will have no problem giving of them with a cheerful heart! If the Lord wants me to give of the time He has given me, I can happily give of it since it was never mine to begin with. And if the Lord wants me to use or even develop my talents for His purposes and glory, I will have no problem in doing so because I realize that the Lord has blessed me with the ability to do those things.

Now I am far from perfect, and there will be times when I will once again become selfish. But the prayer for my life is that the Lord will remind me that nothing is my own, it is His, and I am blessed! And when reminded, I will remember to give cheerfully!

 

first things first.

“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” ~ C.S. Lewis

those who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true

from the moment that i wake up to the moment i pillow my head, i am constantly exercising levels of trust. i trust that my alarm clock will go off at the set time. i trust the electricity will work when i turn the lights on and plug in my blow dryer. i trust that neither my coffee nor my cereal have been poisoned. i trust that when i use my phone, my wireless service will work, and when i check the weather, i trust that it will be fairly accurate so that i may dress appropriately. i could go on with my entire day in which nearly every moment i place my trust in mankind and the things it has fabricated; however, that would be entirely too exhaustive, so i digress…

my point is, we – often without question – place blind trust in things and in faulty human beings, but when it comes to trusting God in heaven, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, we tend to not as willingly place our trust in His design.

of this, i am sure. no man or woman who has ever wholly trusted the Lord – that means in every facet of his life – has ever regretted doing so. the Word of God is filled with promises ensuring those that trust Him will see His guidance and blessings.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Psalm 33:21 ~ For our heart shall rejoice in Him because we have trusted in His holy name.

Isaiah 26:4 ~ Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Nahum 1:7 ~ The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

Psalm 37:5 ~ Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

there are many more verses i could have included, but that would make for a lengthy post. i do want to also say that just because you live a life completely trusting in Him does not mean you will live a life free of pain or hurt. i think life would not really be life if we didn’t endure some heartache; you can be more grateful in the “good” times because you have endured the hard times. but trusting in Him, however, does guarantee strength and grace to get through those tough times.

not only is the Bible filled with hundreds of verses about the promises given to those who trust Him, but it is also filled with human examples. you can read the whole life story of Job – a man who had everything one day and nothing the next. he lost his financial resources, his family, his health, even his friends; and yet you can read Job 23:10 where he says, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.“and do you know what happens in the end of the story? i’ll tell you what the Bible says, “…also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before… So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…” wow! and then of course you can read the entire “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11… there is just so much, i don’t see how we could not trust Him.

so read His Word, see His promises, and prove God in your own life!