GROWING IN CHRIST
“What is God Up To?”
Romans 3:1-2 “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.” (NIV)
Here the Jewish people are questioning the value of their relationship with God. Have you ever been there? What you thought should have been… is not. What you hoped for will not happen. What you invested your life in has evaporated.
Who is this God that loves you? Who is this God that cares for every detail of your life? Jeremiah 29:11 promises, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God holds you in the palm of His hand.
The question is not: “Who is this God and why doesn’t God perform to my expectation?” The real question is: “Am I willing to trust Him?” “They have been entrusted with the very words of God.”
You have God’s very words in your heart. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 testifies that God’s Word is not only self-sufficient but that it also equips you for whatever lies before you – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Your disappointment can provide an exciting opportunity by making your life more vulnerable to God’s love. Your vulnerability allows you to experience the living Christ at work in you! 2 Corinthians 3:3 explains, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
How exciting that the question is not “Why?” but “What is God about to do in my life?” Your part is only to walk in the Word that has been entrusted to you. Go forward by faith believing His promises, trusting God’s character, and knowing there is nothing better than experiencing and believing God.
2 Peter 1:4 “Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (NIV)