Monday Motivation (For Our Learning)

fire-pngThere have always been questions out there about the ordering of events in our lives, why things happen the way they do, and if there’s some underlying purpose to it all.  I suppose I’ve questioned things at times, both good and bad, and I’ve come to realize that God opens and closes many doors within our lives in order to complete our sanctification and help us to depend on him.

J.I. Packer in “Knowing God” says,

“We should not be too taken aback when unexpected and upsetting things happen to us now.  What do they mean?  Simply that God in his wisdom means to make something of us which we have not attained yet, and he is dealing with us accordingly.

Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under especially difficult conditions.  Perhaps he has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us.  Perhaps he wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit.  Perhaps his purpose is simply to draw us closer to himself in conscious communion with him; for it is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and Son is most vivid and sweet, and Christian joy is greatest, when the cross is heaviest.  Or perhaps God is preparing us for forms of service of which of present we have no inkling.”

Whatever you may be facing in life right now, pray that you may understand what God has in store for you.  Don’t wait for hindsight to learn the lessons of the Lord.

-Joe

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