God knows us, yet still loves us
There is such deep comfort to be found in God's Word. When we realize that our heavenly Father knows everything about us, all our secrets, sins, fears, and doubts, yet he still loves us. This is such an amazing love.
Scripture helps us to picture in our minds everything concerning our lives spread out before him. We see him examining every detail of our lives, very carefully going over all our intentions and comparing them with what we actually did, scrutinizing every moment.
There is a cleansing value to the discipline that comes from being examined by God in this way. It may call to our minds the feelings we had as a child when we needed correction and guidance from our parents.
None of us enjoy being corrected. We do not enjoy changes most of the time, even changes for the better. We are much more content to stay where we are. Often we cry out for help with a problem in our lives, and when our Father begins to help, it may not be the help we had in mind.
We want our way.
We always want healing and restoration, peace and happiness, but we are afraid to allow God to take full control of our lives.
We begin to rationalize with ourselves. No matter how much we hurt, it seems better to stay as we are than to step into the unknown. We're afraid of what changes we may face.
It brings such a terrifying, helpless feeling that seems much worse than the pain we are presently facing. We take comfort in the "familiar pain," because we know what that is.
That first step may feel like stepping off a cliff into nothingness! We long to be free of our pain, but we are filled with fear of that unknown future.
Thank God, that when we dare to trust him for that first step, we find the peace and change we are looking for. More often than not, we find that what God does is so much better than anything we had ever hoped for.
We are much like a child who is sick and needs an operation. We fight anyone who wants to do anything that we perceive as being painful. Often, God has to allow us to run until we wear ourselves out, and the pain becomes greater than our fear of his answer.
Then the healing starts
When we reach this point, and take that long dreaded first step, we are relieved to realize it is not emptiness we are stepping into. We didn't fall! He supplied the "floor" we needed to stand on.
After taking that first step, we feel a sense of relief. Sometimes though, we may become fearful again and begin to wonder what God is going to change in our lives. We wonder what he will have to do to bring about the needed change.
God will begin to open up the wound. Yes, our hurt, bruised spirits, our problems, feel like very deep wounds. Sometimes, it seems like a disease of cancer of the soul that has grown untreated except for the surface surgery we have allowed God to do.
The Bible says,
"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12).
When we allow God to perform the spiritual surgery necessary to take out our cancerous problems, there will be pain. We will often feel much worse before we begin to feel well.
God has to cut down to the very core of the source of our problems, if we are to be made whole. It is generally not a quick process. We may even wish for our old lifestyle again. However, if we allow God to complete his work in us, there will come a day when we realize that we are beginning to recover from this painful surgery. We may feel so weak and helpless inside, but different in a good way, as we feel a healing taking place in us.
We will wake one morning and feel better, relaxed.
Walking through life today isn't as hard as it was yesterday.
We're on the road called, "Renewal," and it's been worth all we've had to experience !