Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
A few years back in a conversation with a young man I was asked what good God had done for me, “after all,” he said, “look at all the health problems you’ve had.” And he was right my physical health was a mess but I told him try as I could I couldn’t bring myself to blame God. “Well,” he replied, ”at least He could have prevented them.” I agreed with him after all there’s not much God can’t do but when it comes to our lives and His relationship with us nothing is off limits not even our health.
If God went to great lengths by sacrificing Jesus on the cross to make it possible for us to have a relationship with Him I would’nt put it past Him to throw a disease like Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis our way in order to draw us into an intimate-gotta-have-relationship with Him. Remember Jesus saying, “the healthy has no need of a doctor.” Somewhere along my faith journey accompanied by multiple negative health issues I’ve come to understand it is not only out of His need for a relationship with me but also out of my need for a relationship with Him He has allowed them.
God is totally committed to each one of us but just knowing God isn’t enough He wants us to experience Him and quite frankly until we do we will always be restless and homeless. Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God writes, “If you have a love relationship with God, you will experience Him actively working in and through your life. For instance, you could not truly know God as the “Comforter in sorrow” unless you experienced His compassion during a time of grief or sadness.” (Blackaby, Henry. Experiencing God (pp. 6-7). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)
And in conclusion…
When I think about the totality of my life experiences, the up’s and down’s, the detours, the mountains and valley’s, the uncertainties coming to know God and then experience God I join the Psalmist is telling God. “You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. O Lord, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.” (Psalm 92:4–5, NLT) I hope and pray the day will come when the young man who questioned me can say the same thing. Can you?
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”
**Romans 15:13, NLT