instructions

Posted: February 8th, 2010 | Filed under: God | 10 Comments »

God’s will supersedes ours. He wins every time and we don’t even have to know what His will is to play our part in this Story of His creation.

How can we sum this up? All those people who didn’t seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. -Romans 9:30

We have free will and make plans, take steps, set goals and graph progress, but it’s all meaningless smoke if it’s not what God is doing. You can do nothing and it’s done. You can do everything opposite and it’s done. Nobody is taking your will away from you, because your will is useless. You have a will because you’re made in His image, but unless your will is plugged into His, it’s a cheap squeaky toy. The ride is free and it’s going whether you want to take it or not. Your only choice is to take the blinders off or leave them on.

Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. -Proverbs 16:1

Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place. -Proverbs 16:3

God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included…-Proverbs 16:4

We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. -Proverbs 16:9

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God‘s purpose prevails. -Proverbs 19:21

Our actions are responses to His action.

What God did in this case made it perfectly plain that his purpose is not a hit-or-miss thing dependent on what we do or don’t do, but a sure thing determined by his decision, flowing steadily from his initiative. -Romans 9:13

There is nothing that we can do to mess up His plan. It’s all written in black and white yet, we still find ways to exert our control and explain it away. He’s kept no secrets about having a plan for us, but we keep believing alternate messages that take the power from Him and attempt to put it back in your hands.

Think about this. Wrap your minds around it. This is serious business, rebels. Take it to heart…I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have— incomparable, irreplaceable—From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul, I’ll do exactly what I set out to do,’ … I’ve said it, and I’ll most certainly do it. I’ve planned it, so it’s as good as done. -Isaiah 46:8-11

With these verses, we can assume that there is more to what is going on than what we can sense. His purpose envelopes us. Bad and good. We can watch things work out in spite of themselves. We can witness perfectly constructed plans fail. Again and again, things defy common sense with no explanation.

The Bible tells us that we don’t know what’s going on, but we still behave as though we do. Assume, for a moment, that you don’t have the glasses needed to see things the way they are. Can you even imagine how ridiculous all of your strutting and declaring looks to those who can see clearly?

Your fears are unwarranted and a waste of time. People who are led by fear are dead weight. Your scrambling and grasping is bizarre and embarrassing. Getting offended is evidence of no assurance. People with no faith look backward and never see what’s right in front of them.

God gives us very clear and simple guides to keep us from running all over each other like sewer rats. His orchestra of creation is playing with or without your cooperation, but it absolutely sends Him through the roof with joy when you catch sight of The Maestro and join in.

Let go of your shortsightedness and know that you know nothing.

Don’t talk so much, it shows your ignorance.

Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart. -Proverbs 17:28

Don’t be quick to get angry, it shows how blind you are.

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. -Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV

Be quick to forgive and quick to restore. These are evidences of your faith.

If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. -Galatians 6:1

The most intelligent people know that they don’t have it all figured out.

We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete…We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. [So,] for right now,… we have three things to do to lead us…: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. -1 Corinthians 13:9-13


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10 Comments on “instructions”

  1. 1 Kelly Langner Sauer said at 9:32 am on February 8th, 2010:

    Serena, I've not been here in a while. I cannot tell you how this post has comforted me today. Thank you. He is SO good.

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 9:46 am on February 8th, 2010:

    Welcome back, Kelly. 🙂 I'm glad this message found you.

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 10:33 am on February 8th, 2010:

    For some reason, this post reminds me of that verse in Job, when God tells us that the ostrich doesn't care about her young, but will pass the swifted horse.

  4. 4 Kimba said at 10:43 am on February 8th, 2010:

    You have no idea how much I needed to read this today. I'm bookmarking it so I can come back later tonight and read it again when I have more time.

    Thank you.

  5. 5 jen said at 10:50 am on February 8th, 2010:

    Serena: This is intense, but so simple! You say the things that I know are true, but didn't know before you said them. That makes no sense, but I think you'll know what I'm saying.

    What the heck is the ostrich thing? I'm confused.

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 10:56 am on February 8th, 2010:

    Anonymous: huh?

    Kimba: Awesome! It makes me happy when I see this stuff find its home.

    Jen: I think I read ya. 🙂

  7. 7 m* said at 1:12 pm on February 8th, 2010:

    well my doG likes my cheap squeaky toy

    sorry-just had to

    ok-a little sorry

    you know i luv ya

  8. 8 Serena Woods said at 5:37 pm on February 8th, 2010:

    🙂

  9. 9 Ellen said at 5:36 pm on February 10th, 2010:

    "People with no faith look backward and never see what’s right in front of them."

    Man, I am struggling to see what's right in front of me these days.

    Thanks for reminding me that God has it all worked out.

    I need this reminder, like, once an hour or so.

    or once every few minutes?

    seconds?

  10. 10 Serena Woods said at 7:37 pm on February 10th, 2010:

    Ellen: You've inspired my next blog post. 😉


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