Monday, September 15, 2014

To Know The Heart of God~

Her words rattle and shake me.

As I read, and then re-read, and then re-read her emails again, I hear her heart.

In each word I hear the desperate cry of her pain.
"Where were you God when . . .
Where were you God when . . .
Where were you God when . . .
Where were you God when . . .
Where were you God when . . . ?????"


In each word I  hear the sorrow and the anger.
"You must not have suffered as much as I have because you would not find it so easy to write these silly emails....God makes life easy for some...like you... it must be great to have a nice life."

In each word I hear her hurt .
"you do people like me a disservice...I wonder if you'd write the way you do if you had suffering in your life and God stood by and did nothing. yes its hard to trust and have faith when God favors some over others...."

As the words of her heart come barging into mine,
I feel my heart struggle to stand up under the weight of it all.

To have gone through so much pain.
To have experienced hurt after hurt after hurt.
To have looked for God and not seen Him.
To have cried out to God and not been rescued by Him.
To have come to the conclusion that God is a God who plays favorites and blesses some and not others.
To have decided that God's goodness is found only in the good.

More than all that she has gone though,
more than all that she has experienced,
more than each tear she has shed,
more than each cry of her heart,
the one thing that breaks my heart the most is this:
not knowing the heart of God.

Suffering.
Heartache.
Rejection.
Abuse.
Disappointment.

Just like the rain,
these fall upon the righteous and the unrighteous.
Just like the rain,
these fall on those who know God and those who don't.
Just like the rain,
these fall on all races, all tribes, all people.
Just like the rain,
these fall on each and every. single. one of us.
Just the like rain,
these fall on you and these fall on me.

And, just like the rain,
God is there, too.
He is always there, and He is always love.

Love isn't something God does; love is who God is.

Circumstances are not a reflection God's goodness.
Situations are not an indicator of God's faithfulness.
Heartaches are not a representation of God's love (or God's lack of love) for us.

Yes, I write about God's goodness -
not because my life is always good,
because my God is good.

Yes, I write about God's faithfulness -
not because my life is always steady and sure,
because my God is steady and sure.

Yes, I write about God's love,
not because my life is always full of love,
because my God is love.

The world is the world.
And, God, He is God.

When we allow the two to become one,
we lose the heart of God,
we lose God.

More than all that she has gone though,
more than all that she has experienced,
more than each tear she has shed,
more than each cry of her heart,
the one thing that breaks my heart the most is this:


not knowing the heart of God.







 
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1 comment:

  1. A SURVEY OF THE HEART BY STEVE FINNELL

    When it comes to man's relationship with God it is all about the heart condition. The question is, how is your heart?

    Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

    An honest and good heart is essential in order to be a true follower of Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 4:17-18 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.

    Ignorance about God is due to a hard heart; it has nothing to do with a lack of intellectual ability.

    Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

    An unrepentant heart cannot produce a desirable result.

    Luke 21:34 "Be on your guard, so that your heart will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

    Heart health is important in order to be ready for the return of Christ.

    Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen

    You can fool men into believing your heart is functioning properly, however, the Lord knows your heart. Jesus can help with heart surgery, it is up to you.

    Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    Dishonoring God results in a foolish and darkened heart. This is not a heart condition anyone should seek.

    THE APOSTLE PETER PERFORMED HEART SURGERY!

    Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"

    Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to the three thousand on the Day of Pentecost. That was the heart biopsy. (Acts 2:22-36)

    THE HEART TRANSPLANT

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    A NEW HEART REQUIRES PROPER MAINTENANCE

    Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

    A Christian's heart must remain faithful till the end.

    IT IS ALL ABOUT YOUR "HEART CONDITION."

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


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