you may remember that during this lent season we have given up a couple things, but we have also taken on studying and learning together with the Lord.
each day, we’ve been setting aside time (usually after dinner) to either read a book (we’re actually reading two right now), read the Word, or watch a sermon from matt’s church back in san antonio. it is so great to spend this time together with God, and then to spend some great time in prayer together.
it has been really great to look back over the past month or so to come up with some things we’re learning together. these themes have really emerged over the last few weeks we’ve been doing this though and we wanted to share:
1. fix your gaze upon the Lord and remain heaven-minded-your earthly problems are minimized, you can focus on His plan, deliverance and faithfulness. Don’t worry about the things of this world, how much money, a job, seeking power or position; in all you do, focus on God and seek His kingdom first. He is all that matters.
2. everything that has happened (good or bad) is for a purpose–maybe to grow you, or maybe so that others may see your reaction and know God.
3. plan b situations allow God to work–embrace them even though they are painful and know that God will get you through them as He works out your faith
now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think-eph 3:20 (nlt)
4. think rightly about God–who He is, what He is like, and what He does. you cannot and will not understand all of Him, but You can see His workings and know that He is always faithful to His people.
“The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled upon another”–A.W. Tozer (The Knowledge of the Holy)
5. joseph’s story is an amazing one of challenges, and plan b’s, but he remains focused on God, recognizing that God is working in his own life, embracing pain, remaining faithful to God and fixed on heaven.
we have so loved and enjoyed being able to learn these things, and it is amazing how they have lined up with each other to teach us more. on one hand, we are so thankful to be able to be learning these things, on the other hand, the themes we’ve been learning also make us anticipate something ahead where we will be forced to put these things into action. don’t get me wrong, we’ve had quite a few little experiences here since we’ve moved that have made us practice these things, but we look forward to the future full of hope and anticipation of continued growing faith.
growing in Him,
matt & rachel