I didn’t sign up for this!

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”__ Mother Teresa

I can definitely identify with the sentiment of that statement. But the truth is that the Christian life  can contain events or seasons that are often over our heads, beyond our  length of our ropes, and just plain overwhelming!   I don’t speak of temptation, but of endurance or patience. . . . specifically  waiting for the promises of God.

There is  waiting, unchanged circumstances, silence  and  the mystery of God’s methods and waiting roomtiming in the gap of unseen  answers to  prayers.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Thank God for the seal of salvation because  I have had some memorable days when  I want to scream or even  whimper: “ I didn’t sign up for this.”

 

hope blockHope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs  13:12 KJV

The truth is that the Bible is full of accounts of  unchanged or worsening circumstance like Job and  Joseph . And what about John the Baptist’s query from his jail cell?  And Jesus’ blood-sweat  prayer to God in the Garden of Gethsemane? These are our examples.

Yes, Job and Joseph saw restoration and dreams realized but John was beheaded  and Jesus was crucified. The truth is that as a Christ-follower aka Christian___ suffering, waiting,  enduring difficulties__ is exactly what we have committed to.  Our Bible examples  don’t give us a “key” verse of deliverance ,  nor  prescribe a special financial seed to sow, just steadfast belief in the goodness of God, the sovereignty of God and  reliance on His faithfulness.

 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. __Hebrews 10:36 KJV

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