Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weight is Heavy, Knees are Weak


Weight is heavy, knees are weak
Work day and night, wallet springs a leak
Two steps forward, 3 steps back
Makes one wonder, "am I on the right track?"

Is this the way, it's gonna be?
Will we once again, ever run free?
Life is hard and then you die
Need is great, where's the supply?

Cattle on hills, a picture tells
Current existence, kind of smells
Life as we know it, looking bleak
Weight is heavy, knees are weak 

Ever wonder where God is taking you? Ever wonder if you really are doing what He has intended for you to do and if this is what He "best" is for you then why does it seems so futile? 

Do you sometimes feel that you are in a limbo contest and God is holding the stick and you believe you have just passed under the lowest possible measure and then you see the stick go down another notch?

"When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine."

Singing this song has previously been easy and then I am realizing that the fire, the same one that I have said "God controls the degree and duration of the flame", is still fire and the gold is not excited about being in the fire and the flame is doing its job, but when will the fire subside?

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;" 

Ever read these verses and wonder how much closer one can get to the edge without falling over?

I'll leave you with this from Tim Challies "Crushing Weight of Glory"

"Christian, do you know that morning is coming? Do you believe it? 
In all the pain and weariness and suffering and trauma, in a world of so many trials, it is so easy to be full of despair and to give up. Paul himself was sometimes close to giving up. When he wrote the church at Corinth he spoke of a time where he experienced some kind of trial in Asia. He wrote, 'We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. We felt that we had received the sentence of death.' He was fragile. He was afflicted, he was perplexed, he was persecuted and he was struck down. But hold on.

Why? Because he trusted in what Christ had done and he kept his gaze fixed on what Christ had promised to do. Even the heaviest blow would some day be deemed a light and momentary affliction when he experienced the crushing weight of God’s glory in the presence of God. He had no greater hope than that. You and I have no greater hope than that. Hold on to that hope, hold on to God who gives you that hope, and you will endure." 


Dan Ham said...

Your blog says how good is God?

But your writings describe a struggling painful view of his goodness. I would suggest that your wonderfully kind and generous Father has supplied everything you need to live the most incredible joy filled, purpose filled, love filled, power filled life that we could ever imagine or think. God is so outrageously better than we think. So the problem lies with our understanding of God, knowing him Intimately. This will determine how we view ourselves and the purpose of why we wake up every morning.

So we need to change the way we think and believe all of what Jesus declared about the Father and who we really are. That's how the enemy keeps Christians discouraged and lackluster, by having them focus on themselves, their struggle, their shortcomings, "themselves" etc, etc, etc, anything but who they really are. Because when we believe the kindness of God and who we really are in his sight then we become free from ourselves!!!

Who the Son sets free is free, period. But we have to believe and embrace his love and truth.

What we experience in life is not the measuring stick of the reality of who God is, how he acts or how he thinks toward us. How Jesus loved and lived is the reality of how our Father really thinks and acts toward us. The devil loves it when we attribute pain and suffering to the workings of God in our life, it's a free ride for him. God will always do everything he can to bring redemption from every heartache. But what if he is not the one who takes us down that road? What if God is so good at bringing restoration that it appears like he caused it in the first place? I think it's because our Father is just so brilliant... He is amazing!!!!! He has already given you and I everything we need to live everyday with our cup overflowing with joy!!! Oh how beautiful is his face toward you!!!

Chuck Weinberg said...

@ Dan, Thanks for your reminder. It has been a rough pilgramage these past few years but morning will come. Many blessings to you.