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We have a blueprint, we’ve prayed hard, studied it and feel confident God will bless the socks off of this one. But, the CEO of the Faith Organization rejects our projected path.

It’s easy to give in to the disappointment or darkness and not see our way out of this. We take control of our plan, but God is not impressed with our pointless attempts and non-faith efforts. We go to bed angry and uncertain.

Isaiah 50:11 clarifies God’s perspective on this. It’s scary enough to fail at what we believe to be right, but to lie down in torment? We don’t have to experience life like this.

We can sidestep this by doing life God’s way. Check out Hebrews 11:6. God always responds to our trust (faith) in Him. In fact, He only responds to this.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Our faith is like the dawn that reveals the beauty and adventure God wants us to experience. We can live with confidence even when we don’t understand.

If we are growing as a follower of Jesus, we all experience times when God seems to have left town on a cruise. We’re not sure how to trust him as our dark night goes on and on. Maybe God is hiding or a more damaging thought creeps in telling us maybe he was never there in the first place. The truth is we will neither understand how God works throughout the world nor in our life developing our trust in.him.

Hebrews 13:8 is a huge statement because we learn that God cannot change who he is…ever. He is not hiding but trying to teach us something in the darkness that we can’t learn in the light. Trust is only wasted when the object being trusted in is unreliable. We must learn that trust in God is essential for developing a relationship that is not based on what we can see but on when we can’t see our hand in front of us.

Have you come to a place where you can agree with Jeremiah as he loudly says in Jeremiah 32:17 “…you created earth and sky by your great power-by merely stretching out your arm! There is nothing you can’t do?” Something in our relationship with God deepens when we think he is hiding in the dark but learn by trusting him that he never changes and is present in that darkness.

Paul echoes this in 2 Corinthians 1:8 & 9 and 9:8. Listen to how trust was developed in Paul-“The West Turkey trip was a total nightmare! Everything hit the fan…we were comparing notes on our funeral services…you know he”s the only one who can get you going again.” ( Word on the Street) In 9:8 Paul adds that God is with us to enable us to be ready for anything (especially in darkness).

So, the adventure takes us into the most unlikely places and situations where darkness tries to choke out our confidence in God but is a mere whisper compared to the volume of God’s voice in reassuring us that this is where we learn.

Are you unsure about God’s faithfulness because nothing is making sense with…? Allow God to change that darkness into something you never thought possible.

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change (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

We all know that a good coach who cares about their players will always be committed to helping a young man or woman learn a better way of playing the game. It might  be correcting a batting stance, or how to hold the football when running or how to grip the tennis racket. However, to improve you must cooperate with the coach’s instructions.

God started the whole process of life on the planet and created us to live in a way that would not only bring glory to himself but would also enable us to enjoy life as he intended it to be lived. The enemy got wind of this and ruined the whole deal. Every since, Jesus has been working to restore us to that original plan.

However, for us to see change in our life whether it is in relating to people, knowing the right direction to take, having the right perspective of who God is, or whatever needs to change in us, we must cooperate with God. This means among other things we must take the classes he tells us to enroll in. We would rather these classes be electives but they are part of the curriculum. Some of these classes are Pain, Darkness, Confusion, Frustration and Anger, and the Unexpected. If we seek to learn as we take these classes, we will begin to see change in our life. If we don’t cooperate with God, we probably will have to take the class over.

Colossians 2:6 and 3:1-10 show that we must focus on what is worthwhile and make the decision to get rid of the dark secrets and habits that have gotten us nowhere. Jesus is offering us freedom from the jails we have been locked in but we must cooperate with him.

Do you want to change?

Woke up this morning on our last weekend in Colorado hoping to find that the weather would smile and say something like “have a great weekend.” Well that lasted for 30 minutes and the wind woke up to about 30 mph from the north and will last through the day. I know its lame but we really did want to sit outside at Daz Bog and have one final coffee.

There are times when life is so spanking hard that you wonder if you are on the wrong planet. I know not sitting outside drinking coffee does not really qualify for “hard and difficult”, but each of us knows the absolute nightmare of getting up for another day of… It is easy to conclude after days, months or years of ongoing physical, mental or emotional tragedies that God is on a vacation or really does not care about what we are dealing with. This is the absolute goal of the enemy-he always blogs about how God is not who we really think he is or how he has described himself in the Bible.

But consider our bro, Paul who described a couple of incidents in his life of joyfully following Jesus in the middle of hard stuff. 2 Corinthians 1:8 and 9 and 12:9 and 10 sum it up and cause me to pause when I complain about wind or any discomfort. God always loves us and has our best interest in mind but this truth will be tested almost without interruption. Check out Jeremiah 29:11.

Paul concluded that all of this junk causes us to rely on God and not ourselves and that when we are at our weakest, God begins his supernatural “guess who’s really in control” act. We have to press through the challenges, difficulties, frustrations and disappointments to ever realize how much God is on our side.

Book of Challenges

Book of Challenges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)