"And his heart took delight in the ways of The Lord." (2 Chronicles 17:6)
There are moments when His ways don't make sense. When the results of our choices bring about consequences causing only pain. There are moments when it seems the darkness about us will completely swallow us whole.
There are moments when we pick up doubt and feel He isn't "I AM". Those are moments we need to remember, it isn't His intention to destroy us, it is His intention to save us.
Why else would He sacrifice His only Son for us.
From the mouths of some I have heard our God must not be a loving God to allow the bad to happen in our journeys here on earth. I feel we have no idea how "bad" things could be, if it wasn't for His intervention. His protection.
Those are the times we need to stand firm "in" Him. Those are the times we need to have faith in His ways. For only He knows the whole paradigm.
I have lived a life without Him and am amazed I stumbled through the valleys of quicksand and tar pits trying to suck me down into the belly of hell. I know now looking back, I survived only because of His great Love.
There are moments when it is quite easy to rejoice and delight in His ways. To celebrate the answers of prayers when the blessings feel as though they will drown us. Yesterday, after many prayers we were blessed with the early gifts of Brynlee and Malia Zimmerman. (both they and their mama Natalie are doing super.)
Those are the times we need to tuck away into our hearts to gain strength from. Those are the times we need to utilize in getting through those not so great moments.
How thankful I am knowing, without doubt, as the storms of life swirl about me
each and every moment. Not one is left to "chance". Our ABBA is in complete control.
No matter the outcome.
Our lives here aren't what He intended when He created the world and "us". Throughout all of The Scripture, we read how He gave "us", yet another opportunity. The Garden of Eden was a place without sin, until both Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey. How easily The Lord could have destroyed them then. But He gave "us", yet another opportunity. He gave "us", yet another opportunity, in having Noah build an ark and be in it. Over and over, throughout His Word, we read accounts in which He has given "us" yet another opportunity.
He gave "us", yet another opportunity, through the death and resurrection of our Savior.
Through our Savior we are given the gift of Grace and Mercy. This doesn't mean we have the freedom to blatantly sin, it means we are covered when we do. And we will.
We are all given the free choice to obey or not obey His Will. To accept or not accept the gift of His Son. Freedom to be His or not to be His.
As long as there is breath within us, as long as it is before the final days, we have been given, yet another opportunity. An opportunity to be redeemed from when we have "provoked The LORD to anger." (I Kings 15:30)
An opportunity I pray all will take before they can't. Delighting to be His as He delights in being yours. Bringing about "true delightment in the ways of The Lord."