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God is not a quick Fix

God is teaching me something. He has been for the past… well, 40 years. I’m just a little stubborn and hard headed to retain it and practice it in my life. I think this is one reason I blog. When I write it down it helps me retain it.

So in our microwave-fast pace culture of “I want what I want and I want it now” we have to realize that God does not work this way. God is not a Genie in a bottle. He doesn’t always give us the quick answer, wish or quick fix. I used to always think that it was weird when Jesus spoke in riddles. I used to think, “why does he make things seem complicated or am I missing anything?” Now I think (emphasis on “I think”) “Jesus spoke in riddles and complex analogies. And I don’t suspect that it has to do with us or teachers knowing the Greek or biblical background better (though I’ve had 2 years of Koine Greek and several biblical background classes). But God speaks to the common man, even the one with out an education. What Jesus is saying is, “…seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened.” (Matt. 4:7-8) OR “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deut. 4:29).

You have to seek. It is interesting because in Romans 3 it says something to the effect that “there is no one who seeks, there is no one who does good.” And this is also true. So how can both be true. Well no one can seek enough and no one can do good enough to reach God on their own. But if we’ll just run with the little voice in our head that says, “just read a sentence in my Bible today… just put aside 5 minutes for Me (God) in your busy day. Just be open to hearing my voice no matter where it comes from. Just seek me in the way that you currently can right now… just do something going towards me… just go .0001 percent of the way toward me. And I will go the rest of the 99.9990 percent of the way toward you…” “Come near to God and He will come near to you…” (James 4:8)

Oh and for you strict Calvinists or Reformed folks (I used to be one), just in case you are thinking that I left out the biblical theological idea that it is not up to us, but God loved us first. I didn’t. God’s sovereignty in all and through all is biblical and true. If it were not the truth, there would be no way that we could even go .0001 of the way toward God. God gave us the ability to do so. So even when we have freewill it is God’s doing that we even possess freewill.

But this is a process. This is a painful process. It is about having a relationship with the living God of the universe! And relationships are always messy. Not because God is messy, but because we are messy. And there are always ups and downs. And there is no “love at first sight-happily ever after” with us toward God. We doubt. We get hurt. We blame God. We look for other gods when things are going well or not going well for us. This seems to be human nature. And sometimes God doesn’t rescue us from the trial. And sometimes we don’t get what we want. But God often allows us to go through the trial because we grow and understand what really matters with out getting the quick fix or answer. We become more desperate for Him and dependent on Him. Then we’ll know what it means “to know Christ and the power of His ressurection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippian 3:10-11). Then you can “consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

So seek Jesus with all of your heart and He will show up through the thick and the thin!



What are some of your favorite quotes?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

–  Sir Edmund Burke

What do you do when God asks you to do something you don’t want to do?

Ok, sorry its been too long since I’ve last posted. Now for the question of the day:

The question of the day: What do you do when God asks you to do something that you don’t want to do? So I really would love for everyone to respond to this one if you have a little time. You can respond with questions or your own experiences, etc…

See the biblical book of Jonah for reference. Now really maybe the first question is: How do you know what God is asking you to do? I don’t want to give you a formula answer because there really isn’t. However, there are some boundaries, though minimum on when you know that its God speaking. The main boundary being that God primarily speaks through the Bible. So if there is any other way outside of the bible that you think God is speaking to you, then you need to check the scriptures to make sure that what your hearing is not contradictory to the scriptures. That’s why its so important to read and know the bible!

Now otherwise, God speaks through circumstances, prayer, other Christians and sometimes non-Christians, dreams and nature. But again if you have a dream about having an affair on your wife, you can’t claim that the dream is God’s confirmation for you to have an affair. We know that the Bible speaks explicitly about adultery and how God does not condone it. Hence, the bible is your number one source for God’s will in your life above all of the others.

Now back to our question what do you do when God asks you to do something you don’t want to do? Well, basically my life is a mixed bag. Sometimes I feel that I am very faithful in obeying his call. But sometimes I really just don’t trust Him and I think that my way is better. That’s a crazy thought, but I behave this way sooooo…. many times. It reminds me of the song by Mainstay called BECOME WHO YOU ARE. It says, “I keep on chasin the wrong things and comin up empty. This isn’t who I’m supposed to be.”

Share one of your experiences or your thoughts. What do you do when God asks you to do something and you don’t want to do it?