God knows

2018-04-20
Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV

The Bible says: ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5 NIV). That verse can be easy to quote but hard to live by, especially when tragedy and loss happen in our lives and we don’t understand why. But we won’t always understand why things happen. There are times when we pray and God gives us answers, and there are times when we pray and He gives us peace. ‘Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). When it comes to understanding things – we have our territory and God has His. The Bible says: ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us.’ And our understanding is limited to what He decides to reveal to us. Paul, who wrote half the New Testament by divine revelation, said ‘we know in part’ (1 Corinthians 13:9). We’ll always be limited in our understanding. Sometimes God will reveal the reasons why to us, but we have to wait a bit first. His timing is perfect. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV). So when we’re tempted to lose hope and become discouraged because things are happening that we don’t understand, we need to remind ourselves that God knows. And He’s working things out for our good and His glory.

Acts 8-9; Mark 3:28-35; Ps 130; Prov 10:24-26

Who knows? God knows!


Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV

The Bible says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV). That Scripture is easy to quote but hard to live by, especially when tragedy and loss touch our lives and we don’t understand why. There are times when we pray and God gives us answers, and there are times when we pray and He gives us peace. “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). In times of pain and loss, here are two Scriptures you can stand on: (1) “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us.” When it comes to understanding things – we have our territory and God has His. And ours is limited to what He decides to reveal to us. Paul, who wrote half the New Testament by divine revelation, acknowledged, “We know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9). At best, we will always be limited in our understanding. (2) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Sometimes God explains things to us, and other times He stamps them “Will explain later.” So when you’re tempted to throw up your hands in despair and say, “Who knows?” remind yourself, “God knows!” And today remind yourself that He’s working things out for your good and His glory.

Soul food: Acts 8-9; Mark 3:28-35; Ps 130; Prov 10:24-26

Wie weet? God weet!


Deuteronomium 29:29 NLV

Die Bybel sê: ‘Vertrou op die Here met alles wat jy het. Moenie staatmaak op jou eie insigte nie’ (Spreuke 3:5 NLV). Hierdie Skrifgedeelte is maklik om aan te haal, maar moeilik om volgens te lewe, veral wanneer ons lewens deur tragedie aangeraak word en ons nie die redes daaragter verstaan nie. Daar is tye wat ons bid en God vir ons antwoorde gee en daar is tye wat ons bid en Hy vir ons vrede gee. ‘…Vra alles wat julle nodig het van God, terwyl julle Hom ook dank vir alles wat Hy doen. As julle so bid, sal julle God se vrede beleef. Hierdie vrede is wonderliker as wat ‘n mens ooit kan dink. Omdat julle aan Christus behoort, sal die vrede van God julle harte en gedagtes soos ‘n veiligheidswag oppas’ (Filippense 4:6-7 NLV). In tye van pyn en verlies, is daar twee Skrifgedeeltes waarop jy kan staan: 1) ‘Die geheime dinge is vir die Here ons God. Die dinge wat geopenbaar is, vir ons en ons nageslag…’ Wanneer dit by die verstaan van dinge kom, het ons ons gebied en God het syne. Ons s’n is beperk tot wat Hy besluit Hy aan ons wil openbaar. Paulus, wat die helfte van die Nuwe Testament deur goddelike openbaring geskryf het, erken, ‘Ons ken maar net ten dele…’ (1 Korintiërs 13:9 NLV). 2) ‘En ons weet dat God alles ten goede laat saamwerk vir hulle wat Hom liefhet, hulle wat geroep is volgens sy doel vir hulle lewe’ (Romeine 8:28 NLV). Wanneer jy dus in die versoeking kom om jou hande in wanhoop op te gooi en te sê, ‘Wie weet?’ herinner jouself, ‘God weet!’ Herinner jouself vandag daaraan dat Hy dinge ten goede vir jou en vir sy heerlikheid laat uitwerk.

Sielskos: Hand 8-9; Mark 3:28-35; Ps 130; Spr 10:24-26

Experiencing fear and faith

2018-04-19
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Any time you attempt something for the first time, or something you’ve failed at before, or something you think is too big for you, you’ll experience both fear and faith. They go together. One will win out over the other, but they never go away. Because Israel had no idea what challenges awaited them or what life would be like in the Promised Land, God told them, “Be strong and of good courage…for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” And today that’s His promise to you too! It’s fear of failure that stops us most of the time. Yet as you look back, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage at all; you actually grow through it. Dr. Joan Borysenko writes: “When I was admitted to Harvard, I was sure there had been a computer error and I’d be exposed as a fraud. A lawyer friend of mine stops short of terror every time she has to give a final argument before a jury. Even when you’re an expert, fear doesn’t necessarily go away. It’s accepting fear as part of the journey instead of running from it, that helps you to conquer it.” To go anywhere, you must launch out from somewhere, or you’ll get nowhere. American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie said, “The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” So confront your fear, step out in faith, and believe God for success.

Soul food: Acts 6-7; Mark 3:20-27; Ps 75; Prov 10:22-23

Experiencing fear and faith


Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Any time we attempt something for the first time, something we’ve failed at before, or something we think is too big for us, we’ll probably experience both fear and faith. They go together. One will win out over the other, but they never go away. Because Israel had no idea what challenges awaited them or what life would be like in the Promised Land, God told them, ‘Be strong and of good courage…for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.’ And that’s His promise to us too. Just like the Israelites, we can be unsure of what’s ahead. And the unknown can be scary. We want to be in control and know what’s going to happen, but we have to put our trust in God. He goes before us, and goes with us. We’ll never have to face anything alone. ‘The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV). But it’s not just the fear of the unknown, we can also be stopped by a fear of failing. The idea of failing can make us too afraid to step out in faith and try. Yet when we look back, we realise that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage at all; we actually grow through it. And, like Paul, we can say: ‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13 NIV). So let’s confront our fears, step out in faith, and believe God for success.

Acts 6-7; Mark 3:20-27; Ps 75; Prov 10:22-23