Kristine Cucinotta Murphy
We sold our camper for a down payment to buy property. Praying all the way through for God to lead our steps, close doors that are not his will. And, he is faithful. The purchase for the property fell through. God said “No, that’s not where you’re to go.”
Homeless in a truck, now in a tent laying on a hard, cold and wet ground beneath the blanket we lay upon.
Not comfortable, yet the cover keeps the down pouring rain from drenching us even more. A place for our dog and us to stand up and stretch out. Undeserved favor of grace to even have the limited 5 day stay at this campground.
And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Yes, it would of been nice for God to say, “Don’t sell your camper., I don’t want you to be homeless.” But, he didn’t. He said, “Trust me”. And, we did.
Things didn’t turn out the way we wanted or hoped for. But, that doesn’t mean we stop trusting God, nor blame God or anyone else, including our own self for God answering our prayer to lead us in his will, regardless how he answered it.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
We have to study and know scripture, even of all those who have gone before us to give us the understanding to know just how God and faith works.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The things we hope for in our carnal minds are seen as now, immediately, as soon and easy as possible.
But, faith is a Spiritual gift.
One we hope in on God’s timeline and God’s way.
Two, to build our personal relationship with him and our trust made so great nothing can discourage us.
Three, privileged with eyes to see all of the promises made in Scripture (up to these days) fulfilled.
We read the sufferings of countless of God’s chosen in Scripture. We see Job’s faith being tried in great physical pain, financial bankrupt, his entire family turn their backs on him and try to get him to doubt God.
Also, we see Joseph’s immovable faith position him from; not a single way humanly possible to become Prince of all of Egypt being who he was, become just that. He couldn’t just walk in and take over, he had no chance of even being elected. He had to be positioned by God, he had to make certain connections, being treated poorly by certain people to be in the right place at the right time.
Same as for us this very day. We all need to make connections, be treated poorly by certain people, go through certain situations, waiting in expectancy on the Lord in his place and time.
That right time and right place for God to show his merciful grace, forgiveness and love to those he chooses and in vast numbers; especially to those who doubted him. The longer the suffering, the more accumulated doubters, naysayers:
2 Peter 3:3-4
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
The longer we suffer for his name sake (Matthew 10:18-20), the greater God will make an impact and/or testimony against the unbelievers, leaving them speechless down on their knees:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
begging for mercy such as Joseph’s brothers who done him wrong.
What happened to Job? He was blessed double for his trouble.
What happened to Joseph? He ruled a kingdom by and with Grace.
Our own carnal minded ideas of being a Fisher of Men and God’s way is complete opposite, contrast and don’t match up.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
God’s thoughts are to follow his only begotten son, to take up our cross and carry it.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Today’s meditation thoughts:
Am I afraid to die?
Am I afraid to lose everything?
Am I afraid to be hated for his name sake?
Am I afraid to stand alone?
Do I love my life more than the cross I am to carry?
What am I afraid of?