a wise woman who led a bible study i was in this past summer had this to say about the book we read, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free, by Nancy Leigh Demoss. As I’ve probably said before, i highly encourage any woman to read, especially if you’re married or have children. the concepts she brings light to are fresh and life-changing. Read it. just do it.
but back to that wise woman i was talking about…liz. the first time i ever heard her share at our bible study i was immediately intrigued. i knew she was wise. and i was eager to hear more from her. and then i found out she had a blog. even better. i love how she worded this next section. i stole it from her blog. its concept comes from our book but ultimately from the B-I-B-L-E. i hope you are encouraged by reading it.
“God’s sovereign hand orchestrates circumstances to conform me into the image of His Son.
God allows circumstances to shine a light on the wrong thinking and sin within me that He desires to change”.
You see, God allows us to experience tough times and trials to reveal to us the sickness of sin that resides below the surface. This sin resides in our heart and when pressed due to our circumstances allows things within us to be revealed.
Why revealed? Because He wants to change us, to conform us, to free us, from the bondage of sin. He desires to reveal things within us because He loves us too much to leave us in our current condition.
He also allows our circumstances to reveal our wrong thinking about Him. According to Nancy Leigh DeMoss, What we believe about God is the most important thing about us. A lot of times our circumstances reveal to us what we really believe about Him. It is only when life throws us a curve ball that what we truly believe about Him will be revealed.
God also allows trails and sufferings so that He can reveal Himself MIGHTY and more than able to meet every need in the midst of the storm. He allows us to experience intimacy and power in the midst of the fiery furnace. He is All Powerful, All Knowing, From Everlasting and to Everlasting. I know this and have experienced His intimacy and at times long for it no matter what it takes.
If it takes depression, so be it.
Did you notice the wording in Isaiah 40:31, yet those who WAIT on the LORD. To wait is not always easy. We want Him to fix our problems to take away the pain to change our circumstances and yet He tells us to WAIT. It is only through waiting on Him that we can be made more like Him. It is a transforming work that takes place while we are waiting and so often we want to rush the process.“
i love this. be blessed.