Monday, April 22, 2013

No More Sunday School!!

Before anyone thinks I've gone off the deep end, I'm not advocating an end of Sunday School. Rather, I'm saying I'm fleeing Sunday School Christianity.

This weekend at my college we held a teen camp. I was one of the counselors, but I think the sessions may have had as much of an impact on me as on anyone. One thing the speaker talked about several times were "Sunday School Answers."

"Is God good?"

"Is God in control?"

We learn these things in Sunday School. We know all the right answers ... but there are some people who don't allow these truths past their heads and into their hearts.

It seems I'm really learning a lot about that this semester. In my last post, I talked about trusting even in the hard times. If someone asked me about a year ago if God is always good, I would have given them the Sunday School answer "yes." I believed it, but I hadn't majorly experienced the truth of it in my heart. I hadn't clung to it even when life was terribly confusing and I hurt.

Now I have.

The more I start really living this Christian life, the more I want to go deeper. I don't only want the answers, I want the life. I know God...

...and I want to know Him more!

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Way It Is

Sometimes things come into our lives, and we just know it's not supposed to be this way.

And we don't get it. We know God is good and He is there, but we still don't get it. Here's my proposition: We don't need to get it.

No, this world isn't the way it should be. It hasn't been since man rebelled in the garden of Eden. Sometimes things hurt so badly we can physically feel our emotional pain. Sometimes we wish we didn't have to know how bad the world can really be sometimes. Sometimes we don't understand what God's doing ...

... but our circumstances change nothing.

God is still God. He is still eternally good, and holy.

We can still trust God in the hard times. Look at the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). When we walk with God we can have joy and peace ... even in our pain.

I'm guessing there are some things that will come into each of our lives that will never make sense to us. But even when I don't understand why God has allowed something, I will not stop trusting Him.

How can I expect to fully understand the mind of God? It's impossible.

But when I don't understand, I know that He does. Even if He never chooses to show me why, I will cling to the fact that He knows.

God is true, no matter what happens.