Don’t ask God to change your circumstances. He sent them to change you!
This morning we sang the song:
“Sometimes it takes a mountain, sometimes a troubled sea,
Sometimes it takes a desert, to get a hold of me,
Your love is so much stronger than the troubles that I see,
Sometimes it takes a mountain, to trust You and believe”.
Simple words carrying profound truth!
We pit our limited understanding against the mind of God instead of accepting and trusting Him to work things out for us. Romans 11:33-34 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out. For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counsellor?”
We will never fulfil God’s plans for us in our own strength. It was God’s plan to make an imperfect man that perfection can only be found in Jesus Christ. How long will I stay in imperfection instead of making the choice for Jesus to be revealed in me…..(Galatians 2:20). Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren. The Son of God came down and became the Son of Man, that we, the sons of men, could become the sons of God. What a plan! It all happened through Calvary. The greatest crime ever committed, the crucifixion of God’s Son, produced the fulfilment of the greatest plan of God that can never be thwarted. God’s plans are so much higher than ours. Jesus was the Lamb slain from before the creation of the world. We are destined to walk like Jesus did on earth. It will take my “death to the flesh” to produce His life in me. We get stuck in our petty little ways believing our circumstances are mountains of problems and difficulties. Is anything too hard for the Lord? I need to get on board with God’s plans and abandon mine. Surrender to God, (not the circumstance), produces a sweetness while things are still sour.
When we tell the Lord, “This thing is too big for me to handle!”. His reply will be, “Good! Give it to Me. I’ll handle it.” Trust God, stand back, get out of the way and watch Him fulfil His word and plans. His great name is at stake. He cannot deny Himself. His is the work, His is the glory!
Zechariah 4: 6-7 “……not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain…”
That same spirit that caused Caleb to say, “Give me this mountain…” (Joshua 14:12) can operate in us. Caleb never considered the giants in the land, he considered the greatness of his God.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. May we learn to be a discerner of God’s seasons/work in our lives according to His divine plans and purposes for us. He brings us through each passage as we surrender to the excellency of the knowledge of knowing and trusting Jesus Christ. In this position of trusting our Heavenly Father we can boldly declare, “Give me this mountain!”