I stand feeling I need to give answers or explanations....I don't...He is the answer.
When there is peace that they can't understand -
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7
When what they see isn't what they believe we should be doing
"We live by faith, not by sight." II Corn. 5:7
When the logic behind our decisions doesn't shadow the "culture"...even "Christian culture"
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Is. 55:8
Joy replaces stress. The joy not found in emotions, the joy that bubbles up from your inner being that has been crushed and you can't fake it.
God has made me smile. My husband laughs again....money can't buy that.
My heart's prayer cries out through this divinely appointed obstacles course that this will be formed in me.
"Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future" Prov. 31:25
I am responding with a smile....a deep felt smile. I am responding with a taunt. As David taunted the enemy from a reassurance that God would bring the victory, not himself.
Just imagine a boy standing before a giant who had been taunting the army of God. He confidently shouts out...
"For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?" I Sam. 17:26
Saul's reaction....(the world's view, even the "Christian culture" view)
"You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth." I Sam 17:33
David recounts God's supernatural provision of strength through David's life. I Sam 17:34-37
David goes before the giant (our giant the enemy of unemployment) with ALL the past works of God and his assurance of God's faithfulness.
I stand with 51 years of testimonies of God's faithfulness to be expressed to the Saul's of this world. I can stand confidently before the giant.
I Smile, I Taunt
The Bible is full of these stories of God's faithfulness...Elijah before the prophet's of Baal....he taunts them with "where are your gods...have they gone to bathroom" (paraphrased). How about outrunning a chariot, or asking the Lord to open the eyes of his servant to reveal the army that stood behind them. (I know you can add and add to this list) Is there truly anything IMPOSSIBLE with God? NO!
Thanks so very much for your prayers....I can feel them, the peace that has come, I know is from the prayers being lifted on our behalf. The scriptures of encouragement will be taped to my bathroom mirror. As we continue to fight the advice of the natural world and trust..............as one e-mail reminded me...there truly isn't ANYTHING impossible with God....we stand. Even having a smile in the midst of it all is a miracle, because the natural facts look very bad without the hope of Him which lives within us. I pick up my stones and stand before the giant, in the confidence that God will bring him down.