Accessing the Goodness Of God
The other day when I was sharing something personal with a family member, I felt a door shut in my face.
As what I was sharing was deeply personal, it was a painful moment. I realize we are all on different journeys and our paths may not always meet.
As I seek God and I walk through this season of change, it is as if my deepest self is hidden, and my heart is protected in Him. Praying the other day before a worship time Psalm 91:4 came to mind He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
I have made choices that align with what I know of God and His will for my life 3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. But in some areas, I am struggling and I must walk through those challenges in faith.
What do you do when your soul is not prospering and those thoughts and emotions stop you in your tracks? Of course, it is good to take them to the Lord. And ask what lie am I listening to that set me up for this? What part of my heart needs to be opened to Him, so He can bring healing?
Perhaps in the past, believing those lies served a purpose. As you push yourself to more, of more good things, will that lead to something good? Or is it merely distraction? Distraction from the most important relationship that we can have with our heavenly Father.
As I look outside my window, I see several weed trees, which are easily seeded, and the wood pigeon a New Zealand native bird sits in its branches. But weeds always have a downside, and stop more productive plants from growing. After all, to get a flourishing garden, we need to first clear the weeds. Once finished, it's easy to look at it and think well done! But the next step of planting the seeds/plants in the earth and nurturing them as they grow with the right conditions is what will bring a harvest.
This principle can apply to so many areas of our lives. The physical as in an actual garden, but also growing as a person spiritually. Let us choose the right conditions and environments for us to grow in. What are we watching or listening to? Will it produce life or death in our lives? Let us put the Words of God into our hearts and nurture them so they will create a good harvest.
If we stumble, of course, in word or deed, we have a heavenly advocate. Let us confess our sins and trust that He will forgive us and cleanse us. (I John 1:9)
I pray that you too will see more of the goodness of God in your life.
Galatians 5:22 For the fruit of the Spirit is love , joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control. Against such things there is no law.