You Are Mine

Truth is sometimes hard to believe and there are times I find myself doubting it. My heart knows what I read in the Bible is God’s Word and is truth but my head will question it. What is written in Isaiah my heart believes without question, and my head believes it too, but not without questions.

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
Isa 43:1b nlt

God has called me by name. He knows my name! And He says “you are mine.”  He doesn’t love-1196950_640suggest that I belong to Him He states it. There is no question it’s a fact I belong to Him! Not only do I belong to Him, He paid for me. I may not be worthy of Him but He doesn’t think I am worthless.  Amazing.

“From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
Isa 43:13 nlt

My heart knows without hesitation or difficulty that this is true. In my heart I accept the fact with confidence and certainty. But my head, my hard stubborn head is at odds with my heart. It contradicts my heart,  it argues and debates what the heart knows. Always wondering…what if?  When my thoughts begin to get confused I remember what Paul wrote to the Philippians;

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.
If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
Phil 3:14-16 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Ecclesiastes 3:11 niv

galaxy-252885_640We don’t like having unanswered questions. We want to know it all now.
There is no way we can know all that God has done, is doing, and will do.
God, in His infinite wisdom, knows we are not ready to know all His wonders.
Everything is beautiful in its time…even discernment and wisdom.

Do you feel like you need to know everything now?
Can you accept that there may be questions you have
that will not be answered in this lifetime?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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What none need ask…

I wonder why when someone makes a statement we usually follow with a question.  It does not matter who makes the statement, even if it is someone we trust and respect, we are skeptical and want assurance that what has been said is fact and true.  It is not wrong to question when we do not understand something or need more information or clarification or do not know the person speaking.  However, there is a statement  made that did not and does not need  questioned–but it was and is.  It is found in Malachi 1:2

“I have loved you,” says the Lord.  But you say, “How have You loved us?”

The statement is easily understood, no more information  needed.  It is clear, concise, and straight-forward. It is a statement of God.  Because He is trustworthy what He says is fact and truth.  The question is arrogant, defensive, and quarrelsome.  The asking of it denies God is the Most High, Almighty, and Sovereign.

Asking Him, “How have You loved us?”, shows how self-centered were the Israelites, God was not the center of their world they were.  They were, in their minds, important and expected an accounting of God’s actions and in what ways He loved them.  They denied who God is by implying that He did not love them or that His love needed  proof. The difficult times, times of trials and tests, crisis and conflict were remembered.  The blessings, mercy, and salvation were forgotten. They were, in effect, telling the Creator to answer to the created.

I wonder how the Israelites could be so…well…stupid is the word that comes to mind.

Then I wonder, am I like Israel?  Am I self-centered, arrogant, defensive, and quarrelsome?  Do I question God’s plan and purpose for me–and the world?  Do I remember the difficult times and forget the blessings?  Have I denied God by wanting proof of His love?  Sadly, I can answer yes to all the questions I have asked.

Who in the world are you to second guess God?  Do you for one moment suppose any of us know enough to call God into question? Romans 9:20

I wonder if I will ever be able to answer no to the questions I asked.

I wonder at His love!


Just wondering…