Thursday, July 18, 2019


And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them. (Exodus 2:23-25)

God had a purpose. From the beginning of Abraham's call, to Joseph's being sold into slavery, to the children of Israel becoming slaves in Egypt – God had a purpose. Even the means the enemy uses to oppress, to conquer, or to destroy God has already worked out according to His plans for His people. We, as New Testament believers have the advantage of looking back and seeing how God worked to deliver the children of Israel and all His workings, how He used the hardness of Pharaoh's heart, how He used everything that happened to Moses, all for His plan to be carried out and His covenant to be kept with Israel.

The farther we proceed in the sacred writings, the more the history both of the grace and providence of God opens to our view. He ever cares for his creatures, and is mindful of his promise. The very means made use of to destroy his work are, in his hands, the instruments of its accomplishment.” (Adam Clarke on Exodus 2:25)

And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. (Exodus 7:3-5)

The enemy has always had his servants that he raises up to oppress God's children. Today we see much oppression against both Israel and the church. Satan seeks to steal, kill, and destroy wherever he gets a foothold and is able to do so. Yet God has His promises for both Israel and His church. The very oppression and persecution he uses, God is also in control of and we can be sure He will use only to carry out His purpose in both. We don't need to fear or fret, as it says in Psalm 37, when we see the enemy seemingly prevail. God is not sleeping, nor does He need to be awakened. He hears our groaning and our cries. Just as He had a plan for Moses, and used even the king's edict, to kill all Hebrew babies, to actually save Moses and all that happened after, He has a plan today. Just as He used the hardness of Pharaoh's heart for His own purposes, He will use the hardness and plans of the pharaoh's of today that come against Him for His own deliverance of God's people. When we are trusting in God, we should not want any other way or plan than the one He has chosen, even though it may mean hardship before it is finally carried out. God's plan is perfect. Let us not settle for anything less.

When we are in God's plan, trusting in Him, there is nothing He will not deliver us from or through. We fret and fear over political powers that threaten to take away our freedom, but nobody can take away God's freedom to do as He wills. He will even use their evil for good in what He seeks to accomplish in His church and ultimately to fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel. We need to walk by faith in His purposes, which will never fail, not in fear of the enemy. When we find ourselves at the Red Sea, with no way of escape, and the enemy pressing in, we need to trust His hand, and not look for our own way of escape. He is able to open up the Red Sea and make a way through. He created that sea for His own purposes, and to glorify Himself among His people and among the enemy. When we find ourselves in the wilderness, we know we can trust God is with us making all provision for us and has already planned what He will reveal of Himself to us through it and when He will bring us to the promised land awaiting us. His purposes will not fail. We can fail to trust and make our wilderness journey all the harder and longer, however, if we do not put our trust in Him. But we need to remember - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6)


...the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10)

We must go through our oppressions, our persecutions, our sufferings, our red seas, and our wildernesses in this world. But we can do so in faith, understanding God's will and purpose, trusting His hand, knowing He still is in control, and that salvation and deliverance is His will always for His children. He will reveal His glory through it if we trust Him.

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
(Romans 8:21-23)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31)

Saturday, April 20, 2019



Mat 26:34-35
(34)  Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
(35)  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Mat 26:37-39
(37)  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
(38)  Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
(39)  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Jesus knew sorrow and grief that I don't think we can fully grasp. He knew pain and suffering (Isa. 53:3-11), and knows how to share in ours. He knew, as man, what it was like to face the worst kind of evil. He knew the powers of darkness that were about to come against Him, and the unspeakable agony He was about to face as He took on our sins, even "becoming a curse" for us (Gal. 3:13) - He Who knew no sin, so that we might become "the righteousness of God" in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

Even Jesus, being both God and man, knew the weakness of human flesh and that there was no power in the flesh alone, no matter the strength of the human will to do right. No matter the determination to stand, He knew only dependence on the power of God would enable us in the frailty of our flesh to stand against the evil and darkness of this world. A concept very difficult for us to understand is that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. I don't think I completely understand all that that means, but what struck me about this portion of Scripture is the sorrow of His soul, knowing that He, being God, would take on something so repulsive to Him, so unbearable, something that was repulsive to the Father and would cause the Father to turn His face from Him as man (Matt. 27:46).

Thomas Constable (Expository notes of Dr. Constable), writes: "Jesus cried out the words of Psa_22:1 because His Father was abandoning Him. It was out of a similar sense of abandonment that David originally wrote the words of this psalm."

"Separation from the Father must have been the worst part of the Cross for Jesus who had never before experienced anything but intimate fellowship with His Father. Jesus became the center of God's judgment on mankind's sin (cf. Rom_3:21-26; 2Co_5:21)."

This something was so grievous and caused so much sorrow "even to the point of death" for our Savior. He cried out "if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." If there were any other way at all to obtain our salvation, surely the Father would not have sent His only begotten Son to the cross. If there were some way we could earn it ourselves, if there were some other sacrifice that would do it, or if there were any other remedy at all for our sin, Jesus would not have died for us. And so He prayed, "not my will but Yours be done."

Peter was fully determined to go as far as to die for His Lord. His spirit was willing - even boldly determined! Jesus knew the flesh. He knew, even He the Son of God, though in the form of human flesh, must fully depend on the Father, on the power of the Spirit to overcome the flesh. "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
(Mat 26:41)

Having a willing spirit is not enough to face the darkness and evil in this world. No matter how determined we are to stand against evil, it is not enough. We must learn to know our own flesh and see it for what it is. Once we do we will never again trust it.

Thomas Constable (Expository notes of Dr. Constable), states: "The contrast between the flesh and the spirit is not between the sinful human nature and the Holy Spirit (as in Gal_5:17) but between man's volitional strength and his physical weakness (cf. Mat_26:35). We often want to do the right thing but find that we need supernatural assistance to accomplish it (cf. Rom_7:15-25)."

In a day when we are facing the darkness of human depravity, as we see it seeming to abound more and more, and seek to overcome all that is of God and all that is good in our world, how much we need to think on this portion of Scripture. What a blessing it is to meditate on what our Lord endured, and how much He loved us, the sorrow and grief He bore for us. And what a sober reminder that if the Son of God Himself walked in such utter dependence on the Father, how much more do we? How little we should trust ourselves or put any hope in our own strength, our own determination or will power. It is never our will power or faith in our faith that will keep us in the hour of trial. It is only our being "strengthened in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10-11), and dependence and trust in His provision, His promise, and His power indwelling us. Our will, our faith, our hope may all fail us in the darkest hour, but He will never fail us. Christ alone is the strength of our salvation and the strength of our hearts. We must look to Him, and never trust in ourselves, neither for obtaining salvation nor to keep ourselves as we face the darkness (1 Peter 1:5).  

Friday, February 1, 2019


And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

God said, and there was - and this is how it is today and forever.  Man thinks he can create the world the way he wants but it is only as God says it will be in the end.  It is only God Who brings light into the world.  Man does not like His light.  It exposes his lies, and his evil intentions.  So he seeks to counterfeit or snuff out the light.  But that's impossible.  Not only is God the creator of light but He, Himself is the light.  All who want His true light may have it if they ask in humility and faith.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. (John 1:1-10)

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, (Revelation 21:23 - 24)

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)

From the beginning satan has tried to snuff out that light, or counterfeit it.  But God separates the light from the darkness and makes all things clear. 
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
(John 3:19)

In the beginning God said... and there was.  In the end, also, it is God Who says.  It is God Who has the final say.  It is God Who destroys the darkness.  God, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Savior, will Himself, being the light, dwell with us forever. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019


Do you ever doubt God's care for you?  Do you ever wonder, when everything seems to be going downhill in your life, if God is paying attention at all?  If He is doing anything about it?  If He really truly sees and cares about the pain in your life?  I think we've all been there.  Even if we won't voice it, we probably, as believers, have felt it in our hearts.  At times we can feel all alone in our sorrow, or our pain or our trial.  It looks like all is hopeless and all that is left is to expect the worst, with no help, it seems, from God.

1 Peter 5:6-7
(6)  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
(7)  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

(Amplified Bible, Classic EditionTherefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
Casting the [c]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [d]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [e]watchfully.
“He careth for you.” It is of all-importance to realize that God’s heart is ever toward His own. He is no indifferent spectator of our suffering. He feels for us in all our afflictions and bids us cast every care upon Him, assured that He is concerned about all we have to endure. Weymouth has rendered the last part of this verse, “It matters to God about you.” How precious to realize this!
If we trust His love (demonstrated at the cross) for us, then we can easily cast or "throw upon Him" all that causes us anxiety or care, knowing His care for us is perfect, greater than any other, and unfailing. 
Romans 8:31-32
(31)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(32)  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown:
Casting — once for all: so the Greek — “anxiety? The advantage flowing from humbling ourselves under God’s hand (1Pe_5:6) is confident reliance on His goodness. Exemption from care goes along with humble submission to God.careth for you — literally “respecting you.” Care is a burden which faith casts off the man on his God. Compare Psa_22:10; Psa_37:5; Psa_55:22, to which Peter alludes; Luk_12:22, Luk_12:37; Phi_4:6.
Adam Clarke: 
"in all their afflictions he is afflicted." "He will bear both thee and thy burden."

Friday, December 21, 2018


Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. 
(Psalms 32:10)

Trust His love, trust His goodness, trust His purpose, trust His holiness, trust His righteousness, trust His faithfulness, no matter the sorrows  you must endure. These are sure things of God's attributes that we can count on that are "immovable."

Even though there are also many sorrows for the Lord's children, He is our reason to rejoice, because His steadfast love surrounds us, no matter the fiery furnace we must walk through in this life. The many sorrows of the wicked lead only to hopelessness and despair.  But in Christ there is no sorrow that does not have a good ending.

Definition of steadfast (Webster's dictionary)
1a : firmly fixed in place : IMMOVABLE
b : not subject to change
2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence : LOYAL

Your love for me is immovable, dear Lord!  You are loyal to Your promises. How secure! How wonderful!  What peace and assurance I have in Your love!  It's not subject to change.  You will not suddenly change Your mind or heart toward me, and nothing can separate me from Your love.

Romans 8:28-39
(28)  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
(29)  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
(30)  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
(31)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(32)  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
(33)  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
(34)  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(35)  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
(36)  As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
(37)  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
(38)  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
(39)  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May God's steadfast love fill your hearts today, surround you, and lift you up with His wings to enable you to soar above whatever in this life you face today. Long ago, He came to us as a babe in a manger. God became man. He came out of steadfast love and a promise of redemption for mankind.  All who put their faith in Him now receive eternal life and a joy that will never end.  It's a steadfast promise, that came out of a steadfast heart of love to mankind.  It will not be broken for all who put their trust in Him. 

John 1:12-14
(12)  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
(13)  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
(14)  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Friday, November 9, 2018



1 Peter 1:3-5
(3)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4)  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
(5)  who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Begotten us again — of the Spirit by the word (1 Peter 1:23); whereas we were children of wrath naturally, and dead in sins. (Jamieson, Faucett, and Brown)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 
(Ephesians 2:4-6)

Lively — Greek, “living.” It has life in itself, gives life, and looks for life as its object [De Wette]. Living is a favorite expression of Peter (1 Peter 1:23; 1 Peter 2:4, 1 Peter 2:5). He delights in contemplating life overcoming death in the believer. Faith and love follow hope (1 Peter 1:8, 1 Peter 1:21, 1 Peter 1:22). “(Unto) a lively hope” is further explained by “(To) an inheritance incorruptible ... fadeth not away,” and “(unto) salvation ... ready to be revealed in the last time.”...“Unto a hope living (possessing life and vitality) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
J, F, & B

We have a living hope, a living now, now alive, very much alive hope, that won't perish or change until all is fulfilled and we are finally redeemed and with our Savior forever!  This hope never dies because it is all in Christ Who was raised from death, and we are in Him raised from the dead and alive and seated with Him in the Heavenly places, where the powers of darkness cannot ever destroy.  God's power makes it so.  There is no power that can change it or destroy it or snatch us out of His hands!

Psalms 73:25-26
(25)  Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
(26)  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

He alone is the power and strength of my salvation. I need not fear the powers on earth, of evil, or the weaknesses and failures in myself. Nothing can overcome Christ and His power of life in me.  Paul and Peter preached the same Gospel (Ephesians 1) contrary to what some believe. 

Our hope is one always living and never dying. It is an ever living confidence in His work and power, in His righteousness, in His grace, in His resurrection, and His life indwelling us that will never leave us or forsake us. May the Lord direct His Word to your hearts and give you confidence and peace today through whatever trials you face in this world, "For, "Yet a little while, and the coming One will come and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:37)

Sunday, August 12, 2018


 So often I've asked God, "What is Your purpose?"  Especially when we go through trials we wonder what His purpose is.  Our perspective usually will determine how we view "God's purpose" through our trials.  If we are coming from a carnal perspective, we are thinking of how God's going to work our experiences together for our happiness and ease in this life and give us all our dreams eventually and make us successful.  No wonder so many worldly minded believers are disillusioned with Christianity when things begin to fall apart, when trials come, and when hardship seems to take over their lives and they don't find their dreams come true.  Do we really want His purpose, or to convince Him to agree with ours? 

One thing we can be sure - God loves us and He is for us (Romans 8).  And we don't always know or understand the lessons He is teaching us, or how He is developing His own character in us, or how He will bring us through a particular trial.  When we try to determine His purpose for a particular trial, we find we cannot, or if we think we have, we find we were wrong.  Just as a parent disciplines a child and trains that child toward the maturity and character he will need in life, God disciplines us.  That child most likely will not understand until he is much older, why his Father disciplined him, and may even doubt his father's love or intentions.

Many times I find God has chosen a particular discipline for me that He has not chosen for others.  Why is it they are able to go about enjoying certain things in life that I cannot?  Why have I had this particular thing to deal with all my life, yet others never have to?  Yet when I look back I see how God has used it to teach me self-discipline, contentment, trust in Him, reliance on His power, and I see there is a purpose that is beyond just my comfort or happiness. He has done something inside of me that only He could do.  He has produced a character inside me that would not have come if I had always had everything the way I wanted it to be.  He has turned my heart from pleasing myself to wanting to please Him in all.  I've had to look to His Word to find His mind and heart, and I've had to submit myself to His will in the matter and realize I don't belong to me, I belong to Him - bought with His blood.  I've had to replace my delight in some thing to delighting in Him and His will, trusting His love and purpose in all. 

(Romans 5:10)  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

It's His life that now lives in me, saving me from the corruptions of the flesh and of this world. His very life is in me and is continually making known to me His own mind and heart through the obstacles I face here.  I am always tempted to take the way of the flesh rather than the way of the Spirit when my happiness, my comfort, my desires are threatened.  But His life is always at work in me to produce that life in me, conforming me to it, as He is fitting us for Heaven.  He is fitting us for His very own presence, to dwell there with Him forever.  We have already, through faith in Him, been "put into Christ" when we trusted His salvation alone for ourselves.  Now He is working that salvation out day by day in our lives to conform us to the new creation He has made us in Christ. 

Do we ever think our Abba, Who loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to be a sacrifice for us, ever for a moment neglects our highest good?  Do we ever think He has somehow forgotten us now and has left us to somehow figure our way out of the seemingly impossible trial we face?  Do we for a moment think that it is not important to Him?  Do we trust His love no matter what seems to be happening to us? 

I remember at one point in my life, when I came to one of the darkest moments of my life, I felt I was at a sort of cross-road. Will I believe in God or not?  Will I trust His love or not?  Is God good or is He not?  I chose to believe, solely because of what His Word said, that He is God, that He is faithful, that He is good, and no matter what things looked like, I would praise Him through it.  That was a long trial that had years go by before things got better or before I saw God's answers to prayer and fulfillment of promises I felt He had given me.  But I grew more than ever during that time, in my trust in God and in His Word and He often manifested His love and goodness to me though circumstances were very bleak.  I learned more than at any other time in my life that He was faithful and that though I was weaker than ever, He was strong enough to hold onto me when I could not even hold onto Him.  I learned that it was He all along that had always held onto me and kept me, and I learned to rest in His care and in the outcome of all. 

This was not a one time lesson that I learned and then suddenly everything went my way, and now I have this wonderful fulfilled life of all my dreams.  I've had to relearn it or should I say, reapply it again and again in more trials and situations in my life.  In fact I've learned that as long as I'm in this body of flesh in this world I will continually have to apply that faith in new ways, as I walk through this journey facing the world, the flesh, and the devil.  I can never let down my guard, become weary in well doing, or give up and faint.  I've wanted to many times!  I've wanted to say, "Lord haven't I had enough grief?  Enough sorrow?  Enough hardship?  Isn't there ever a time to just enjoy life and be done with the trials?"  It's not that the Lord has not given me so many blessings and enjoyments in life.  In fact, because of the trials and what God has worked in my heart through them, I am able to enjoy those little things in life all the more and give Him glory for them, delighting in Him all the more and the blessings He has given.  Simple pleasures mean more to me now than ever. He has given me much joy and even taught me to rejoice in my trials, not waiting for them to be gone.  He has taught me more about enjoying life than I was able to do before the trials.  In fact sometimes when I see a godly trait in my heart, I am amazed and wonder, "Wow... that is not me... that's You Lord!  How did You do that in my heart?" 

Romans 5:2-5
(2)  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(3)  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
(4)  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
(5)  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

James 1:2-5
(2)  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
(3)  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
(4)  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
(5)  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

It's when we endure the trial walking by faith, simply trusting His hand through it all... those nail scarred hands... that we find it produces endurance, character, hope, steadfastness and even joy in our lives.  All of us have seen undisciplined children who are not at all happy.  They cry and throw tantrums when they don't get their way, and the more they are given in to, the more unhappy they become, and the more tantrums they throw.  Yet a disciplined child has learned to be secure in their parent's love and care and is content.  It is the same with God's children.  Those who accept His discipline and do not throw tantrums, trying to get their own way, but trust His way, even if they don't understand it, find a contentment in life and security in His love and care and even in His discipline. Each time they are tempted to balk under His hand of discipline, they are reminded it is from His love and they must instead exercise faith in Him and walk the path He has chosen for them. 

2 Peter 1:3-4
(3)  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
(4)  by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

It is through trusting His great and precious promises and applying them to our lives, that we escape the corruption that is in the world.  Many Christians do not escape that corruption because they live the Christian life their way instead of God's way.  They make their own decisions based on what they want in life instead of seeking God's will for their lives.  When they mess up their lives and the corruption of the world, they find, has taken over their lives or families, then they cry out to God and wonder why.  He is always teaching us to trust Him and to walk according to His Spirit.  This is His purpose.  He's conforming us to the image of His Son, for His own glory, and our ultimate glorification in Him (Romans 8:28-31).  When we do walk in faith, trusting His promises His divine nature is formed in us more and more.

2 Peter 1:5-8
(5)  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
(6)  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
(7)  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
(8)  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The more we learn to know Him, the more we tend to walk like Him.  He alone knows the path He has chosen for each one of us.  We need to trust Him all along that path, and apply His Word, appropriate by faith His promises for us, and walk in faith, believing He has provided "every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places" for us and "all that we need that pertains to life and godliness."  When we're faced with what feels like the impossible, we can know that if God brought us to it, He also has a plan through it as we trust in Him.  When our hearts sink for fear of what may be coming in an evil world that is more and more hostile toward believers, we can look to Him and know He has already seen what's ahead and is there waiting for us.  He already has made the way for us.  We can only get through it in a way that will bring Him glory and benefit our own lives if we trust Him through it, knowing He does have, indeed, a wonderful purpose.

One thing that has happened in my own life that is only a result of God's discipline, through my trials, is a true love for God's will in my life.  I used to "accept" God's will because I knew in my head it was right and best.  But I didn't "love" God's will.  I've learned now to love His will because I've seen and understood His will is not only best, it is the only will that is good and that is life.  I've learned to delight in His will because I delight in Him - in all He is. I don't always like the pain it brings me through, but I trust and love His will, will get me through the pain, and life will be at the other end.  I don't want God to be anything other than He is.  I don't want to make Him into my image. I don't want to bring Him down to my level or to force Him (as though I could), to bend to my will.  I want to know Him truly, to know His will, to have His will alone be carried out in my life.  I want His purpose to be fulfilled in me.  I'm so thankful for His purposes and that He is faithful each day to all His children, to never give up working out those purposes in our lives.  He is longsuffering, patient, and kind to us.  He is for us, so who in the world can be against us?