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Daddy Is Strong Enough

I was on the plane from Naples, Italy to Athens, Greece. I had the pleasure to sit next to a couple and their daughter who was about two years old. In the few minutes around take off she was a bit fussy. Her parents tried many things to calm her down. Soft words, toys, and whatever else they could think of. Finally, her dad said the, “I’m going wrestle you down (for the sake of her safety) and I don’t mind doing it because I am significantly stronger than you.” Thank you, Holy Spirit. This is what Daddy says to you, “I don’t mind loving you even if it is wrestling you because I am significantly stronger than you.” Papa doesn’t steer away from Love even at its hardest. Keeping you from what you want, to protect you from what is best for you. You may want to wander about the cabin, but when turbulence comes He knows you need to be in His lap.
 
I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him. Hosea 11:4 NLT
 
You might look back on your year with frustration. Have you gotten all that you desired out of the year? Maybe you got more turbulence than you expected. Though when you look back, you can’t help but see His faithfulness. What He has kept you from or brought you through, has it not been for your good? You have been lead by the ropes of His kindness and love. Even when it felt like you were being held back for no reason. We too often mistake His kindness for suffering. When we are being wrestled into the place where He wants us, rather than where we want to be. You can’t have it because He loves you too much. Either you’re not ready for it or it is not ready for you. This is why God requires faithfulness in little things before there is trust in greater things. Little things are made great through faithfulness. When something is placed in your hand it always feels small, because it fits in your hand. We mistakenly drop what is in our hands to go after the greater things, but miss the greatness already in our hands. Complaining about what is placed before you will keep you from seeing God’s faithfulness through it. He works everything out for the good of those called according to His purpose. (paraphrase Romans 8:28) We must not forget if we are walking according to His purpose for our lives. What is happening to us is good. His plans are for good. Whether it is to teach you something new or to help you align your desires with His. What happens to you is good, no matter how bad the world says it is. Yes, it sucks to go through, but the results are what matters. What He is doing in you is to draw you closer to Him. Closeness to God is the greatest good there is. Paul was made blind that he may see, the persecutor became that which he persecuted. Your perceived hindrance just may be your deliverance.
 
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:10 NLT
 
What you are going through or have gone through, is not painful for the sake of knowing pain alone. It is so God might be glorified in your restoration. To help you find where your support comes from. Ultimately it is from the Lord, but practically it is from the community. Those that stick with you through pain, will be the most cherished in the celebration. It is to strengthen you. Faithfulness in the small things is a principle for what you desire and the trail. Remember the next trail may be more difficult, but our God never changes. Neither does His faithfulness. Lean on Him now in this trail, and do the same in the next. When you lean on the faithfulness of God, He places you on a firm foundation. One that cannot be shaken. Suffer for this little while, and share in His eternal glory. Being with Jesus is what makes suffering worth while, it is not suffering that makes being with Jesus worth while. Suffering sucks, let it be what it is. But go through it with the hope of being with Jesus as your anchor. Suffering is not to glorify one’s self. It is to bring greater dependence on the sovereignty of Christ. Knowing that the majesty of being present with Christ will far outweigh your present suffering. You will stay in your suffering so long as you see it as greater than the sovereignty of God. When the glory of God becomes greater than your pain, you will have been faithful in much. Turbulence alway seems more dangerous to those that haven’t experienced it. Daddy is strong enough to get through any storm. Don’t wait for Him to wrestle you into His lap, rest there for the entire journey.
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Yesterday

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin… (‭Zechariah‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT) 

This is just the beginning for those who trust in me. There is more than just what I let you see. While you see only horizons, I lay out open seas. More than just one opportunity to walk in what I have for thee. 

The Father loves fresh starts, even if it’s for the 1000th time. Have you ever felt behind? That you have to read 10 chapters then yesterday’s devotional and the one for the day just to get back where you were. Playing constant catch up. Like you’re the fat kid in p.e. that’s hyperventilating in the back, God is in the front saying “Why you breathing so hard?” and all you can say is “Cause I wanna live!” While ememy is in behind you on a skooter trying feed you Little Debbie’s. The reality is God is not way out in front of you getting further by the day. He is right beside you laying out what’s before for you, not what’s behind you. He is saying “You know that ground you lost yesterday? I’ve made up for it already. Also, all your shortfalls today, I made up for those too.” God doesn’t use the past to motivate your future. Start at square one daily. If you build on the success of yesterday, you’ll stumble on the failures of yesterday. Build on the success of enternity. 

Have you had the feeling like it just happened yesterday? That because it did. It’s just as easy to get to the beginning of time as it is to get to yesterday. All memories are out of reach, no matter how hard you try they will always be yesterday. If you want your day to go to crap spend it thinking about the past. Yes, there are good memories to think of, but it is physically impossible to do so without finding pain, regret or loss. Let us look fondly on the not try to live in it. Let us look to the future. Who’s future though? Let’s face it, the future you’ve chalked up is based on past results. If I do this, then that will happen. That’s not really living, that’s forecasting. Forecasts are never right anyway. It’s a very uncertain way to live. True living comes in the risk, I don’t know how but I will. Laying your plans down for what the Father has. When we look to the future, let us look to the future He has for us. His future for you is brighter than your future for you. Your plans are based on past experience and present circumstances, His plans a based on future experiences and eternal circumstances. Learn from the past, look to the future, live in the present. 

How do we live in today? Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’ ”
(Zechariah 4:6-7 NLT) Live in the Spirit. Not deterred by the past and unafaid of the future. Face the day not like a mountain, but like a plain for you to walk straight across. Trusting the Lord, that everything will fall in its place. Live your days in such a way, that when people watch you they praise the Lord. 

Bonus thoughts: Have you ever tried to fathom eternity? How long exactly is forever? How long is the present? In heaven the world as we know it will pass away. (1 Cor 7:31) So that means past is gone, leaving the future and the present. From our current perspective, the future doesn’t exist. We know it’s will happen, but we don’t know what it will be. What if past and future are concepts merely to comprehend the present? What if the place where I Am dwells simply is? What if eternity is not a stretch of time? Is living in the present living in eternity? Not sure where I thought that would land, but there it is.

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