A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spiritdries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
It was a nice night when one of the brother shared about this verse (proverbs 3:5-6), his testimony in his life about how God has provided him and never fail him. even he was tired physically, mentally and spiritually. he still came to the Life Group and lead the discussion. he saw how important this delivery to all of us. the message he want to tell, the experiences and his time spent in his quiet time and testimony he want to share despise all the thing that almost make him give up to share all these.
he saw the light how God has talked to him about border-less when he was in his business trip. he storied us about, in each view he see was only snow, its all white and can not see the end, the border where this snow is gonna end, the line at least but there was none. God speak to him, how every thing is possible in His hand and how each thing has its own plan and timing that God will reveal to him.
our own understanding is far from what God understand about it. sometime and most of the time when thing does not go according what we wanted, it always make us down and discourage. but in God, we should have faith, we should believe that everything has its own time. God will plan it beautifully in His timing, not ours.
in all our way, we submit to Him. what i got is, how it encourage us to be more dependable on Him, in every situation we have right now. we submit and trust in Him fully. as we could plan for our own but we must always seek for His guidance, lead, and protection of our plan. He knows what is the best for us. the timing, the things, the all stuff we have prayed and planned. We surrender everything into Him.
i was once told to shared my testimony in my Life Group. there is one more thing i did not share out. an example about faith from my own understanding. i was a little regret about it because i did not have courage to tell this short story. when until i know that he was actually the person who like to see first and then believe in it. while faith is working on the other way round,”when you believe, then you can see“. i thought it will be a bingo if i did share after i was home that night. but glad enough, he received Christ in our church conference. God works His charm in him.
The example that pop to me at that time after i had shared was simply unimaginable by me. i was never really thought about it, it just come like that, snap! and this is what i see..
(its was not exactly the same as i see, but the bridge show it covered with fog)
close your eye and imagine you were in a high hill with small path at the edge of its cliff, leading you to the only bridge. the swing bridge is covered with fog. you can not see the end of it and its only few step in front that you can see clearly the bridge is made from wood with big rope attached on both of its end. it is the only way, a place you want to be.
When you do not have Faith to cross to the other side of this bridge, you never there.
When you just can not see what God will provide you in the end of this journey, you never will.
When you simply can not trust that God that will protect you, lead you, guide you inside “the fog“, you will never experience his grace, his love and his present.
Faith is simply to believe first, then you will see. It was like the story of little john on the boat in the bible.
last night we had a great praise and worship. i was looking at the candle all the time since it was given to me. i could not bear to look at my friend as i think i would cry too. he did bring us into reflection mood. over many thing we had done and how God remind over things he has done and how He speak to him. man, it was cool and you did a great job bro.
and for the last sentence, He will make your path straight. To live by god’s word will challenge our current thinking. one of reason this scripture comes alive is that it changes our habit pattern and way of thinking. in fact there are a lot of struggle sometimes But when we lay our own understanding to God’s wisdom, many of our bad decisions we used to make will start to diminish. we will be able to see clearly how God makes it right at His time, even when we thought it was not because we wanted it more at that time.
To go through the uncomfortable view of bible is greater than staying with familiar pattern of our own understanding. this is how He make our path straight.