I am writing this post because while God is doing His sanctifying work in me I find myself referring to God in ways that do not lift Him up. The words I sometimes use do not bring Him glory and honor, nor do they reflect a heart that fears Him. I write this with much humility and with a heart that wants to exalt The One and only True God and to help you and me understand how we should honor God with our words.I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came across a picture and this is what it said,
“Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart.”
I stopped and looked at it for a second and something just did not look right to me. I have actually used these words myself a few times. Each time I said them there was an uneasiness in me. I was not sure why, but today when I read those words in print, I understood the uneasiness that I had felt. I have not come to understand this by any knowledge that I have in myself. It was a prompting of the Holy Spirit. I believe the more we are seeking God through His word and prayer He grows a greater and greater fear of Himself in us. The uneasiness that I felt was with the word, “Trying.” It is true, God does not always change our situation but He is doing something not trying to do something.
To have a better understanding of this I looked up the word “trying” in the dictionary. This is the definition that it gave: Difficult or annoying: hard to endure. I went further by using Blue Letter Bible. I looked to see how many times the word trying was used in the NASB Translation of the Bible. It is used 21 times. Guess what all the references are in regard to man. Yes, a man tries, trying is hard annoying and difficult. Our trying sometimes fails. I have to stop and ask these questions, “Is there anything to hard for God? When God works does it fail?” I found three Scripture references that speak to this truth.
Behold, I am the LORD, of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27
Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:15
Jesus replied, What is impossible with man, is possible with God. Luke 18:27.
Sara was 99 years old when she gave birth to Issac. Salvation is impossible with man but praise God it is possible with Him. After reading these verses and pondering their context, can we ever say again that God is trying to do anything? I believe the word trying and God does not belong in the same sentence!
Here are a few verses that teach us that God is doing the work He promised to do.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the spirit and faith in truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
Praise God we do not have a God who is trying. Sometimes when I try I fail. Not God, whatever He has determined will, in fact, come to pass! He is doing something!
Will you please pray for me and ask God to sanctify my words that they may bring glory and honor to Him. I will pray the same for you!
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