Friday, January 25, 2013

misery? no – hope!…

one of the ingredients that go into a change of heart is i believe that GOD wants what’s best for me.

isaiah 48.17 (niv), i am the LORD your GOD who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way that you should go.  GOD wants what’s best. 

do you remember when as a kid and your parents said to you, this is what’s best for you.  but that never meant anything good.  it was always going to be something not fun, something you didn’t want to do.  so when we read this, there’s something in us that says, “that’s what GOD’s going to do.  HE wants what’s best for me.  it’s not going to be any fun, no joy in it.” 

but listen!!!  GOD made you.  HE created you to live a fulfilled, abundant life.  that’s why HE put you on this earth.  why do you think HE made you except for that?  that GOD who knows you better than anyone else and HE wants what’s best for you and is working in every one of our lives to do what’s best for us.  GOD is not out to make us miserable.

romans 15.13 (niv), may the GOD of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in HIM.

if i drive into a gas station, i’m there to get gas.  if i go into a donut shop, i’m there to get donuts.  i’m not there to get coffee in a donut shop.  i’m there to get donuts.  that’s why i used to go there. 

if you go to the GOD of hope, what are you going to get?  misery?  of course not.  if you’re going to the GOD of hope, you’re going to get hope.  this verse reminds us you also get peace, you also get joy.  that’s who GOD is.  that’s what HE wants to give into our lives.  HE will go to any extent to give hope and joy and peace into our lives.

just a thought from the front porch…

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