God Is Always Present: Chapt. 14 Purpose Driven Life
Posted by infinitygoods on February 21, 2008
Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.
“God may kill me, but still I will trust Him.” Job 13:15
We will never meet anyone as faithful as God. “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” he has promised throughout the Bible. Yet most of us will go through periods in our lives where we feel abandoned by God. Even if we look for Him, God remains hidden to us. It is a lesson for growth and a test of faith.
We know that God loves us and we know that God keeps his promises. Rick Warren tells us once again to speak to God. We are to tell Him exactly how we feel. What emotions have you felt when God seemed distant? Did you tell Him how you felt? How often do we have a real conversation with God, not just a formal prayer or a laundry list of requests, but real communication? Do we tell him everything — our pleasures, our dislikes, our emotions, our hurts or our times of happiness?
When we go through times like this, we can also try to remember all that God has done for us in the past. I know that no matter how bad things have gone in my life, God always turned things for the best. Bad situations always turned to good. Always. There is no reason to doubt that he will continue to turn all seemingly bad situations into good. It is hard to keep that in mind when we are in the thick of negative times, but if we conciously keep that in mind while our life is still good, it will be easier to remember when we need to.
Warren tells us that it is during these times when we continue to trust and believe God that we “worship him in the deepest way.”
Today ends the second section of The Purpose Driven Life. Tomorrow we will start discussion on our second purpose, “You were formed for God’s family,” with Chapt. 15.
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