The first difficulty to present itself when considering What God does for Us is to agree we are the ones gathering evidence. When we seek answers about God’s intentions and interactions with us, we must keep in mind the answers come filtered through our own capacities, bias, spiritual worldview, and intensity of vigor. It is here where honest examiners face themselves. As Macbeth puts it, you need to “screw your courage to the sticking-place.”
This is where Bible-ground meets the reader. The Jesus Follower understands we are a three-fold being: Spirit, Soul and Body (check out 1 Thessalonians 5:23.) Humans are not a body with a spirit, but a spirit wrapped up in a body. The “you” in “you” is spirit, not body or soul (the soul comprised of one’s mind, will and emotions.) The definition of a meaningful and significant life for the Believer is where the Spirit rules the body and soul – not the other way around. In this framework then, a life lived at the mercy of the bottomless sensual desires of the body, or governed by the willfulness, prideful intellectualism , or fluctuating emotions of the soul is a life lived apart from God’s best intentions. Bible-ground is where the spirit governs; it is the spirit that the Bible nourishes and guides. It is with the spirit that we must control our wills (as in the text to “make up our minds”) to respond to what the Bible teaches us about what God intends for us and how He interacts with those who seek Him.
Key Bible Verse
But Daniel made up his mind…
There are some basic guidelines for us to remember when asking about how God is going to deal with us – or the circumstances we find ourselves in. If we have the courage to keep these in mind, it will engender life-changing belief… belief that although we live without the understands we crave, He is acting on our behalf. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro across the earth that He may strongly support those whose hearts are completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
- God does not usually share His timetable
- God does not see as we do
- God does not limit us
- God does not choose for us
- God does not always answer at first
Let’s look together, using our spirits to command our wills, and summoning the courage to face the answers (or perhaps lack of answers) that we receive from the Lord Most High. I hope the video ties some of these thoughts together for you. Thank you for taking time to visit and read these words. The Lord hold you strong in your search.