Saturday, February 16, 2008

teacher, master, rabbi

I was planning to blog sometime about what I think about the Sovereignty of God. But I decided not to. It is too controversial of a topic and even can be divisive. I don't want that.

I definitely have some thoughts on the topic. The subject has been coming up alot lately in various places in real life and the blog world. I know of a lot of suffering goint on out there right now.

So many questions arise.

Here is what I want to share with you:

Take those questions to God. It's ok to say to Him, "I don't get this. I don't understand how this can happen. How can you be good and loving and let these things happen? Lord, show me how you fit into all of this. Teach me."

In Matthew 11 we are familiar with Jesus saying, "Come unto me all who are weary, and I will give you rest." But you know what else He says? Just a line further down..."Take my yoke upon you and LEARN FROM ME."

Part of the Holy Spirit's job description is to teach us. Jesus was called Master, or Teacher.

So you take those questions to Him. Pour them all out and then wait and keep your eyes open.

Maybe like me, you will be in a bookstore and a spotlight will seem to illuminate a certain book. Ask God about it and then read it if you get that impression. You will find answers there.

You may be listening to the radio when suddenly you hear something that clarifies it for you. Maybe a sermon at church, a song, a devotional in your inbox. You might be talking to someone and God nudges you..."Ask this person about it. She has some insight I want you to have."

And just like we don't cram a 16 oz Prime Rib down a two-year-old, God is only going to give us what we can handle, when we can handle it. He will feed you this knowedge. And you will be amazed.

I can think of at least four topics off the top of my head where God has very clearly done this for me.

And as the years go by, you will continue to have your eyes opened to understand what seemed at one time completely incomprehensible. And maybe it won't even be as much an understanding as it will be an acceptance.

I don't suggest you go out asking everyone what they think, or turning over rocks for the information. Let God bring it to you. Learn from Him.


  1. Just yesterday, a really interesting thing happened. This young woman in our church was scheduled to leave for China Sat. (today) for a year of teaching English. She can't go as a missionary you know. Well, Friday we got a call that she was having gallbladder surgery "as we speak". This a.m. I called to see how she was. Her Dad said that they had just returned from taking her to the airport! She apparently didn't have to have surgery after all. My thought was, if she had felt a huge sense of relief, then she would have known she wasn't to go. She was extremely upset that she might not get to go. God is in control, isn't he? He took care of the situation in his own way. Why, to reassure her that she was doing what He wanted? Why? Because He could, I guess.

  2. Thanks so much for the advice Kay.
    I'm one of those people that wants to know all the answers NOW! Your advice to "Let God bring it to you" is just what I needed to hear. Its time to stop searching so hard and stop and listen.
    I will try!

  3. WOW - This has been on my heart for years and I am lately begining to really take it all to HIM. I read a book from Charles Swindoll titled The Mystery of God's Will. It really summed up this same subject and was very helpful to me.
    I really agree so much with your post. Thanks... stop by sometime -

  4. I'm reading The Mystery of God's Will right now!

  5. Hello, I'm visiting from over at Melanie's blog. I went through a time where I was really trying to understand the sovereignty of God, and I studied it for about a year. I poured over scripture and poured over it, and I went to some other trusted sources to help me sort through all of it. God is faithful, and he gave me clarity. You are right that we must take the questions to Him. It may not be over night, but he is faithful, and he will teach us. Great post!


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