I know hardly anyone who doesn’t have some kind of difficulty with a relationship. Through a recent struggle and much heart ache I have found a place in God where he took my pain and where I have found so much peace. This may not be popular theology in these times of instant gratification but God’s ways don’t change. I pray God would pour his healing balm into your heart and you would find that place of unshaken peace and trust in Him.
Sometimes God call us to die to our natural affections. For the sake of the call, for the sake revelation, we need to lay those down.
That doesn’t mean we care any less for our loved ones. Not at all! But it means we trade our natural affections for God’s heart for them.
Loving our family with the love of God causes a greater blessing in their lives than anything we could give them.
2 Corinthians 4:12 says this: “So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
I die to my natural affections and bring them to the cross. And there at the cross fountains open deep and wide. Fountains of grace and mercy, fountains of love and joy.
God is after something. He could make that hard situation easily better in a flash. Although he doesn’t delight in seeing us suffer, he has a greater purpose to accomplish and a greater number of people to reach.
He says, “I could give you the answer or I could make you the answer. Which will you choose?”
If you choose to have your immediate need met at all cost – so be it. But that is like selling your birthright for a pot of stew.
If you choose to embrace the work it takes to make you an answer, it will cost you something. It might be painful. You might not see that result that you would like to see, but now you are a gate, a conduit for much grace and mercy for many, many people. And now you have his heart!
Down the road….
that seed you planted,
that death you died,
that bitter pill you swallowed,
that extra mile you went,
that price you paid
…will come back as something so glorious, so far beyond anything you could have imagined.
What he fashions out of that seed is far greater than your greatest vision for it.
Just trust him.
That’s all he asks.
That’s all you can do!
©Conny Hubbard, 2015