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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: The Inconsistencies of God
By Marita Vandertogt
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Iíve discovered, in my travels with the Creator, that consistent is not a word I would use to describe His behaviour. And while that may sound like a negative observation, itís anything but.
Iíve discovered that God doesnít work to formula. This much faith doesnít necessarily produce this type of result. And just because He did it this way once, doesnít mean Heís going to do the same thing again next time.
Just look at the missionary journeys of Paul. While God delivered Paul from prison, and snakes and death threats, He didnít always do it in the same way, or on Paulís timeline. And Paulís final time in prison, well, Iím wondering if he still thought that maybe God would rescue him once more.
And therein lies the challenge. I like my relationships to have a comfortableness, if thatís a word, about them, a kind of environment that fosters trust through being dependable and a little bit predictable. But not so with God. Dependable yes, but predictable, not so much.
Donít get me wrong. There are things that are consistent about Him, wrapped up in Who He Is. But His interaction with us can keep us on our toes. While this can be unsettling, it can also be very faith producing.
He calls me to be consistent in my search for His truth, through prayer, and reading His Word. How He responds to me, is totally up to Him.
Where He IS consistent is in His promise to provide peace, and a way of escape. How He does it is completely up to Him. BUT HE WILL DO IT.
So while His MO may be unpredictable, the fact still remains that He will take care of us in whatever way He sees is best.
Itís up to us to be the consistent ones!
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