Are you ok with the path God has allowed your life to follow?
It’s really easy to question the things that come into our lives. What is God doing anyway? Why am I here? Why did this happen? How can I get out of this? Where am I going? I see a lot of people struggling this week with happenings in their lives and in the lives of those closest to them. Hard times are – well – hard. Some of those hard times are brought on by our own doing and sometimes they are life situations – health, job, family issues. But ultimately it comes back to questioning why God allowed what He allowed.
I read Jonah 3 and 4 this morning. Jonah knew where God wanted him to go and what God wanted him to do and Jonah was still not happy about it. Jonah 4:1-2 says, “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish;”
You probably know that God had asked Jonah to go and tell the city of Nineveh that they needed to repent. They did repent and God forgave them. This didn’t seem fair to Jonah, as Nineveh was a very wicked city.
I don’t understand some of the bad things that happen in the world today, but I do know that God’s value system is different than mine. The fact that sin is sin to God is a mystery – a lie is the same as murder – they are both sin. But today it occurred to me that it can be applied in another way as well – the good that we do is valued similarly. Leading someone to Jesus is awesome and we should tell others about Him, but exhibiting kindness, goodness, and graciousness is just as important to God. He says to continue to be more like Jesus – the smallest example counts as much as the biggest, because He is looking at the motive of your heart. He sees the reason behind doing the smallest thing and if it is to serve Him, then it counts! I am really glad that God’s value system is different than my own. I don’t think I would score very high even in my own scorebook! But in God’s scorebook a widow’s mite is more valuable than a rich persons gift of much more.
So when I look at life, and the things that I don’t understand. The path I’m on that makes no sense, or the roadblocks that seem to be in my way, I remember that His ways are not our ways – and His thoughts are not our thoughts. In fact, I have discovered that it’s easier to just do things His way. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30.
If you find your burden extra heavy today – take Him up on His offer – trade burdens with Him!
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