10 December 2009

Good Comfort

My aunt, a dear Titus 2 woman, read this recently in Beside Still Waters and forwarded it to me today. James was supposed to interview today, but it was mis-scheduled and isn't today after all. *sigh*

God has a motive! His thoughts are working to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11) All things are working together for good for those who are called according to his purposes (rom. 8:28). We see only the beginning. We spell the alphabet --alpha, beta, gamma...but from alpha to omega, God reads all at once. He knows every letter in the Book of providence. He sees not only what He is doing, but also the final results. God sees your present pain and grief. He also sees the future joys and usefulness that will come from this affliction. He observes not only the plow tearing the soil, but also a golden harvest clothing that soil. He sees the consequences of affliction and knows that it will lead to much blessed happiness. Beloved, now are we the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be" (John 3:2) You will never see the Great Artist's masterpiece. You only see the rough marble and mark the chips that fall to the ground. You have felt the edge of his chisel; you know the weight of His hammer. If you could see the glorious image as it will be when He has put the finishing blows to it, you would better understand the chisel, the hammer, and the Artist.

Ouch! With my temporal eyes I see only the plow ripping up the soil, the shards of marble on the floor... so glad that God knows the end product. So thankful for those who point me to His plan instead of my problems.