Blessed by the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle……………PSALM 144:1
This scripture is about training. It is about acknowledging that God is in the process of preparing His people to operate successfully in the kingdom of God.
This scripture is also about understanding; understanding what occurs in the kingdom – so that you and I are not living under some type of mistaken illusion regarding the activities that make up kingdom living.
How many times in the gospels did Jesus say to His disciples, “The kingdom of God is like….?” Jesus wants us to understand the flow of the kingdom of God: its motives, its goals, its mode of operation so that we can flow with what God is doing in our lives.
We will never completely understand the move of God. His ways are mysterious to us and beyond finding out.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
This scripture tells us that, without spiritual revelation, we cannot grasp what God is doing among us.
God often moves without telling us what is to come or without explaining to us how and why He is doing certain things.
Have you experienced God’s mysterious ways?
Don’t we question God’s decision to withhold information from us? Let’s be honest!
Wouldn’t it make things easier if we knew exactly what was going to happen?
Wouldn’t it be a great learning experience for us to know exactly how and why God does things?
Let’s do some looking at our questions to see if there is any validity in them.
First, let’s look at the question:
“Wouldn’t it make things easier if we knew exactly what was going to happen?
There are times in the gospels in which Jesus told His disciples exactly what was going to happen. He would share with them what the plan of the kingdom was for them and for the hour.
In Matthew 26:31-35, Jesus is eating the Last Supper with His disciples. During this supper, He tells them exactly what is going to happen in the next few hours. Did this knowledge make things easier for the disciples?
Because kingdom ways are higher than our ways in motive and operation.
Let’s look at what happens after Jesus tells the disciples exactly what is going to happen:
- The disciples remind Jesus that He doesn’t understand what is really going on.
Peter and the rest of the disciples begin to argue with Jesus telling Him that He doesn’t understand where they are emotionally and spiritually.
- The disciples have a better remedy for the stress of the moment.
Since the disciples know that Jesus doesn’t really know what is going on with them, they disregard His focus on prayer, choosing sleep as the best response for the moment.
- The disciples have a better response to the attack of the enemy.
Instead of receiving Christ’s plan for the moment, someone starts swinging a sword; thinking it is time to fight rather than submit.
If Jesus had not been in control of the moment, but had ceded that control to the disciple’s judgment of the situation and the needed response, what would have happened?
Would Jesus have died?
Would we have been redeemed?
Would the Holy Spirit have been able to come to us?
This is just one example to answer the question: “Wouldn’t things be easier if we knew exactly what is going to happen?”
Jesus has told you and I exactly how to respond in many situations, yet we still struggle with it and often choose a different path!
Examples: love your enemies. Bless those who curse you! Do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who despise you!
Because kingdom ways are higher than our ways in motive and operation, we cannot understand them even if we know ahead of time what is going to happen!
Later, the disciples had a better understanding of God’s choice in the matter of His death, but knowing ahead of time didn’t help them at all.
Do you still think that it would be helpful to you if you knew exactly what was going to happen before it happened? Would this knowledge cause you to choose God’s pathway?
To flow in kingdom living, we must learn to trust God’s heart, even when we cannot see what His hand is doing!
Next time we are together, we’ll talk about this more!