Sovereign

If you are a Christ Follower and you may be struggling with your prayers for this time we seek answers and healing. I ask you to have faith and believe in that healing.

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Jesus knew Lazarus had died. He initially walked away from his friends and Lazarus when he may have been needed most. We want his help when it serves us. He’s right there, but God doesn’t always do what we seek and often we do not know why or forget why. The answer is: but man. He needs to constantly remind us of his sovereignty.

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That is our ultimate frustration that is also our freedom. He is so close, at times we can feel him, often we need to fulfill. We want the fathering, as well as the freedom do what we want. But man.

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So we pick the easy, so often, what works for us: the 800 mg capsule of ibuprofen, the bottle, the judgement in the ease of lazy thought rather than opting for a lack of closure. We pick control when self esteem gives us the direction to clean everything in sight, including the dirty parts of our lives. We pick the quick and dirty without remembering one thing: but God. God may not get rid of the headache, the chip on your shoulder immediately, but the relationship and comfort as well as the tools can lead to long, lasting healing over the eons he requires, not the bottle of holy water sold on your mom’s polyester gospel hour.

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The eons, the hopeful long life to be followed by an eternal reward is given to those who choose not to shake their fist at the heavens and jump to the mistakenly easy side that Jesus does not love. In time as treacherous as these it those who reach for closure, who reach for the quick fix, who bind themselves away from a God who loves them to seek answers in hate and violence. It is in fact, atheism or the closest value to it, an agnostic reach for the answer that God either a. Doesn’t have the answer or b. Chooses to give it away to someone, not like me. The extremist cynic chooses to disallow the passage of God through their life.

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Of the people closest to him in this gathering as a witness to Jesus’ healing was a doubter, Didymus (Thomas) a Prostitute, a chronic worrier, a dead man, and a host of Pharisee. Not exactly the sons of thunder, and the rock in which Jesus built his Church. He chose these people to let this worst case moment of healing Lazarus after 4 days of death to rise and have a meal.

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No more evidence of Romans 8:28 than we needed then as they needed then: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I believe Romans 8:28 will be the most remembered scripture of this era.

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We do not have the wisdom with what to do with that kind of resource. Deliverance to healing room A, while exiting soon thereafter to miss the reality of relationship of total freedom. This is a resource that always heals in the way we want is not moveable. God, this resource for all things offers one thing: a relationship that offers a multitude of relationship and healing.

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The unfortunate thing in these moments where we stand in our unfortunate current events is that we are asking God to heal our world in the way we need it healed. We want things as we expect them to happen not as how they will happen or how our God is beautiful and wonderful as his plans have always been will continue to be. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

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While everything has a time and a place God will continue to have the answers and the timing that will continue to frustrate man until he looks in the rearview mirror at what was or what could have been if we trusted if they or we had only trusted God more.

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And while Jesus was surrounded by many believers and those who comforted Mary and Martha about the death of her brother and even with a doubting disciple on their side Jesus took the route that his Father had enabled Him with because God is God and we are not.

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