Whatever it Takes

7 05 2006

Whatever it Takes

Scripture:
2 Samuel 14:14 (NIV) Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.

Matthew 24:36-39 (NIV)  36″No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.


Observations:
God is more interested in our character and relationship with Him than He is in our immediate happiness.  If a little pain now will better prepare us to be His disciple, that is what He will allow to draw us closer.  However, we don’t always see that big picture and we whine and complain that we are being oppressed and destroyed.

Whatever it takes to end the estrangement, God will do that – whatever it takes.


Application:
Sometimes God will leave us to our own devices in order to help us see our need of Him.  Way back in 1985-86, God allowed me to hook up with a woman that nearly destroyed me.  After that came crashing down, I came running back to God.

It is similar to the tough love needed to help an addicted person recover.  Often we need to let them hit “rock bottom” before they truly see their sorry state of being.  But that is hard to do – we so often jump in and rescue the addict  so they won’t hurt themselves or others.  That pattern of rescue can become so ingrained that the person lives not-so-happily-ever-after and they never see the destruction of their sick addiction.

God, to a certain extent, is withdrawing His love and power from the Earth.  And more and more, as the Earth sees the destruction coming, people turn to Him.  It is tough love, but necessary for people to see Satan’s true character and to reveal God’s character of love.


Prayer:
Father God, it is hard to see hurting people.  It is difficult to see people destroy themselves – whether slowly or quickly.  Some people choose to walk the mediocre Christian experience, others are outright destructive, while still others waffle between hopelessness, destructive behaviors, depression, addiction, and striving to know God – never quite finding that place where they achieve peace and hope.

As a leader of people, it is difficult for me to watch people make poor choices – and that gives me an insight into your heart, for you are watching billions of people make good and bad choices.  You are teaching me to take a hands off approach – that is good.  You are giving me a love for people like I’ve never had before.  You are teaching me to pray for people like I’ve never prayed before!

God – you are good!  I love you and it is an honor to be your servant.  Continue to teach me and train me, make me more like you.

gw


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