Kristie posted an interesting thought about God and our circumstances.
I wrote a comment on her blog and didn't realize it but I ended up blogging!
Here is her post. Look down for my response under the dotted line.
Here is a poem I wrote a long time ago about walking on the road God created for us.
I'd love to hear other thoughts either on my comments or her comments or on your blog. Please let me know where to find your thoughts. :-)
(Thinking that God is bigger than our circumstances) is a dangerous one for some people. Many people take that to mean that if they believe hard enough and pray hard enough that God WILL deliver them from a certain thing/illness/person. That false expectation can cause them to think God failed them if they aren't delivered from a certain situation.
I've thought about this and have come to this conclusion. God knows what is going to happen in our lives. It is up to us to know that our lives here on earth are temporary.
For instance, I grew up in a church where it was believed that if we pray in faith believing that God WILL heal a person, then He WILL heal them. Well, guess what...That's not true. I don't believe that because I've seen that fail, time and again.
There are children all over the world who truly believe God will heal them or their parents or get them out of "Hitler's" hands but they die anyway. I don't think God failed them. I think that way of thinking failed. That's a falsehood propagated by wishful thinkers.
We all have to die. I've come to the conclusion that instead of praying for healing, we need to pray for God's will because maybe it's just time to die.
If we want something I suppose we can pray for it because He said "you have not because you ask not" but the question is...What are we asking for? Where are we spiritually when we ask it? If we are right with Him, He will help us go through the hard times and maybe we will know what to pray for instead of fumbling for our wants. Our wants aren't what he gives. He gives us our needs. He doesn't have to deliver us from "it", but He will carry us through "it."
Mostly, when I go through sad events or hard tasks in life I say, "Thank you God for being here for me to look toward and lean on. If I don't make it through this one, Thank You for the knowing that this is nothing compared to eternity. At least I know where I'm headed in the long run."
I don't know if I'm wording it right. Cutting to the chase of my thinking...
"God is NOT bigger than our circumstances. He IS our circumstances. He's there in them, He knew they were coming, He knows how it ends and He knows why we are there. He MADE the road we're walking on. NOTHING is too Big and NOTHING is too strong for Him to help us through. He just allows it to happen and we are at His will to go through it.
We may ask for healing, or deliverance or something else, but in the end, He's going to give us what we need to go to Heaven.
That's my thinking anyway. I'd love to hear other thoughts. This is a good one Kristie!