15 January 2010

Joyful in Hope

More from my Titus 2 Aunt: she read this recently in Spurgeon's

"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."

I lose my breath in pain when I read those words:

plow tearing the soil, and oh,

felt the edge of his chisel, the weight of His hammer
Oh, I am tired. Tired of waiting. Look at this post. I am focusing on ME. I am focusing on the suffering. I am not focusing on the cross. What is this besides a momentary discomfort compared to the sufferings of Christ?

"...co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:17-18

"Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life." Psalm 119:49-50

and my favorite: Romans 12:12,
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

That I could remember, just remember that this is just a moment. Argh, that God would move in my husband's heart!

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!
Teresa (Tracy) Dear


Angie said...

I HATE waiting! but becuz I've been waiting so long I learned to use my time waiting to draw closer to the Lord, afterall maybe that's why im being made to wait in the first place... I also pray for Peace in my present circumstances and the strength to endure them. In reading Nehemiah I learned that instead of praying for God to change the circumstances sometimes its better to pray for the STRENGTH to get through them. Check out this blog. I think you might like it http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/