They say: God’s timing is perfect; God’s way is the best way; God will lead you on the path He has for you; and God has something better in store for you.
Those are a few things I’ve heard over the last six months. And yet, in the last six months I’ve seen none of those come to fruition. I’ve even spoken those words to others, and to myself. But lately when I hear those things my response has been “well that’s the rumor isn’t it.” Does that mean I no longer trust God, or believe Him? For some of you reading this it may be longer than six months, it may be years.
There’s an area in my life that has not come to fruition in years. So I can relate on the waiting. This writer does not claim to be a patient person, nor ask for patience. No, no, no. Careful with that.
Recently I sat in a church service where people were sharing their testimonies’ and one of them shared “we were faithful, tithed, and now we are debt free!” Speaking for myself my eyes flashed a picture of my current circumstance and I immediately tuned out. Instead my conversation with God began – I too tithed faithfully, yet received double debt, AND no job, while being on the path I believed you had for me. Can you relate?
When I shared my frustration with some of my friends here came the “sayings.” Again I responded with “well that seems to be the rumor.” I share this with you because I don’t want any of my readers to think I have a perfect life and everything is roses all the time. I am just as human with my own faults, struggles, doubts, and fears. Sometimes it’s not until my fingers hit the keys of my lap top, and I begin to seek out His answers for me that I begin to see His view. If you can relate let’s go through this together. When life gets hard it makes it somewhat easier to have a friend go through it with you. Let me say too, I do not negate my friends they mean well, they love me, and want the best. I love and cherish each one of them. However, when you are on a different road it’s sometimes hard to relate. So girlfriend, guy friend, if you’re on the same road of Struggle Street let’s do this together.
“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Ro. 1:12 NLT
What is the rumor?
- Is it that God knows best?
- Is the underlying tone God strings us along only to bring us to our demise?
Look at the last question that is what Satan would want us to believe in an effort to get us away from God. We need to be careful not to allow bitterness to seep in and take over.
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Heb. 12:15 NLT
According to Merriam Webster On-Line Dictionary rumor is defined as, “information or a story that has passed from person to person yet has not been proven to be true.” Yes, you and I may be in our positions because of decisions we made. However, God uses everything (that word is an all-inclusive) for the good of those that love Him, and who have been called according to his purpose. Ro. 8:28. Even if you are in your current position by someone else’s decisions Romans 8:28 still applies.
The question remains: how do we get past the rumor and move on to truth?
There’s a saying that is used when people are in the middle of a difficult time: you can’t see the tree when you are looking at the forest. I know – that’s the rumor. Thought I’d try a little humor! It made me chuckle, hopefully you did too. Using the metaphor combined with God’s Word let’s try looking at the tree past the forest.
In Joshua chapter four the Israelites just crossed the Jordan River and God has directed them to gather twelve stones one for each tribe represented. I imagine the look on their faces must have held the question: what for? God proceeds to tell them because the stones will serve as a reminder of what God has done. (Jos. 4:1-9) Rumor or Truth? No rumor there. They lived it, breathed it, saw it, felt it, and walked it. That my friends is pure truth. For a moment let’s take a look back into our own lives. Grab a pen, pencil, crayon, lipstick, or mascara, whatever you have handy to write with, and a piece of paper. I’ll wait.
Moving past the rumor write down events in your life where God clearly was at work. It may have been 5, 10, 15, even 20, years ago, write it down! It’s all relevant. There may be one big thing or several things, our goal is to make our own standing stones.
“These stones are to be a memorial to (us) forever.” Jos. 4:7b parenthesis mine
If God did for the Israelites (and for us), does he change? Rumor? No.
“I the LORD do not change.” Mal. 3:6a NIV
God does not change, but our circumstances do. The rumor Satan would have us believe is that God changed. Things may be difficult now, the future unknown and unseen, yet –
“God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Ro. 11:29 NIV
So the next time the forest blocks the tree –
- Point your face towards the heavens
- Get out your standing stones
- Recite them out loud with confident conviction – there is no rumor – it’s all truth: I lived it, breathed it, saw it, felt it, and walked it! Our God does not change.
“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.” Dn. 6: 26b – 27a. NIV
When we seek Him, He allows us to find him. (Jer. 29:13-14) At this I am humbled, and grateful, that we serve a God that is merciful, understanding, and loving.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2014, re-post with edits Dec. 2016
*picture by fisherynation, 12stone