Monday, November 28, 2011

the wilderness

The Cup and the Glory
by Dr. Greg Harris
sigh .... good book
hits my heart

Brian was blessed to be able to be in Dr. Harris' class in seminary. And I was privileged to be apart of his wife's small group. Such a neat couple, with neat testimonies in their lives.

quick thoughts so I don't forget the things I learned while in the midst of reading it

so often we have the wrong view of suffering
we think if we are suffering, it is because the Lord is upset with us

how often do you pray and just ask the Lord for things?
while going through suffering we are praying for the Lord to deliver us
when the things we are suffering through are actually the tools He is using to answer the things we were asking for to begin with!

In Mark 10:35-
When James and John ask the Lord to allow them to sit with Him in His glory
and Jesus tells them they do not know what they ask
it was not that the Lord couldn't give them what they asked
it was because they spiritually weren't ready for what they asked

when the Lord doesn't give us what we ask
you might want to consider that you might not be spiritually ready to handle the type of trial and maybe suffering that would be required of you to get to the place where you could handle whatever it is you asked for

the Lord just doesn't give us what we ask for, just like a parent doesn't give their child every single thing they ask for.
they might think a knife or a gun are cool
but you are not going to give a child one of those until they are old enough, mature enough, wise enough to handle it
the child won't understand until they get to that point

I don't know if any of this makes sense to anyone else

But my point is, the christian life is full of suffering because we are not in a perfect world yet. The world hated Christ, and as His followers, the world will hate us.
But the Lord uses trial and suffering to teach us to depend only on Him
and to get us to a place in our faith to handle "the cup we are meant to drink"
hebrews 12:10-11 "He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."
if you are not "suffering" in some way or being persecuted .... why not?

so next time you pray, if you pray. Try to understand what you are asking
or you might get the response like James and John did
"you do not know what you are asking"
{in the text, Jesus does not rebuke them for asking this question, they just didn't understand. They saw Jesus in His glory and wanted to be apart of it with Him. Their request was of eternal nature, what do you pray for?}

side note: Im not writing this to you
Im writing this for me, to remember.
But I pray the Lord would use my words however He wants to bring Him glory.

1 comment:

  1. sounds like such a good book :) how neat that brian was IN his class AND you know his wife! miss you!!