Job 23 has been with me this past week. As I recently looked up at a beautiful night sky and with my finite mind, pondered the unfathomable magnitude of God's creation, I felt incredibly small, and the words of one of old were impressed upon my heart. What is man that thou art mindful of him? The heavens truly do declare the glory of God.
And yet like Job, I wondered why this great God seems at times, so distant and out of reach. Job went back and forward and could not find him. I'd read these words over and over, yet each time, right there I'd find this wonderful and reassuring statement, but, He knoweth the way that I take. v10.
As I lay in bed that night, a familiar yet forgotten scene was brought before me. As a child, I would leave the house at night and lie under such a sky. It was at night that another dimension revealed itself to my young imagination and transported my mind from an ugly reality in which I felt trapped. It dawned on me in a new way, that God was there and He saved me from this. I praise Him.
I generally don't question God, even in the big things, but evil is difficult to understand and I've often wondered the purpose and what good could ever possibly come out of particular experiences. Yesterday, with all those thoughts in mind, I read Jeremiah 29:11. The author had written that in the end, God will work things for our good. In this, I need to have faith.
That same night, I was confronted with my heart. We'd had a conversation about murderers having no place in heaven earlier that night, and suddenly, God impressed upon me that the hatred in my heart was the equivalent of murder. I had always justified my thoughts, they weren't hatred, just an extreme dislike, or that forgiveness was only possible if an apology was issued, and even at that, reconciliation would not be in the best interest of my family. But hatred?
I don't have answers but God does, and I want to share and encourage maybe even one person today. Physical, verbal, sexual and emotional abuse are beyond words. The scars run so deep, that inner parts may feel fragmented to the point, it is impossible to imagine ever being whole. Even your nearest and dearest may not fully comprehend, as some details will be forever buried and left unsaid. You may feel so incredibly alone, and it is true that no other human being could possibly understand, but I am slowly seeing, that God does.
The stars reminded me of that, He was there!
Today, after posting, I started to read a beautiful book that I will treasure forever and Philippians 3:13-14. I do believe and know in my heart, that I have an answer in the following bible verses ... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. God speaks. He is able!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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