Last week Tom and Glen asked what we expected from God.
How do you think He will work in your life?
Do you expect life as a Christian to be super easy and a walk in the park? This is not what was experienced by the apostles in the early church. Paul highlights how he lived in a natural world and sometimes terrible things happened.
2 Corinthians 11: 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Paul shows us that no matter the natural circumstances, God was with him and able to meet all his needs. His physical needs were not a measure of his joy. Instead, his source of joy was the presence of God in his life. He was able to let go of his natural needs, allow God take care of them and rejoice.
Philippians 4: 11 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength … 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Things may not always turn out the way you plan them. Just look at this year!
But no matter what happens in our day to day life, we have the Holy Spirit and that is enough to overcome everything the world throws at us.
We can’t plan how God is going to solve our problems but He has promised that He will – we just have to let Him take control.
If you are looking for God, what can you expect? You can expect to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, if you humble yourself and ask.
John 6:40 For this is My Father’s will and purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him [as Saviour] will have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.”