This blog post was inspired by someone who's family, and young daughter, I've been praying for during the last couple of months. As I was encouraging her, I realized that we all struggle with this same issue but in different circumstances.
As Christians, we often say the phrase "... in God's timing". We wait on Him, we draw strength in Him, and we wonder what we are doing wrong while we wait for God to answer. As time passes, we try to analyze our actions, our walk with Him, and anything else in our lives that we need to "fix" in order to receive God's blessing. But as we read in Ephesians 2:8-10 we need not work in order to obtain our favor.
The book of Ephesians has some wonderful examples of how to praise God in the process! Paul wrote this book while he was sitting in prison. He sat there with joy. He praised God for His goodness and being in prison didn't stop Paul from spreading the gospel. As you read Ephesians you can feel the excitement and passion that Paul felt as he wrote the words.
If you and I were Paul, most likely we'd be complaining about the injustice of being in jail. We'd complain about the food, we'd long to see sunlight, and we'd long to see our family and friends. But Paul longed only to see the gospel spread. He wanted the world to know about Jesus.
It's hard to say just how many people Paul ministered which worked in or were sentenced in the prison he was held in. God needed him there, at that time, for certain individuals to hear the good news. And we don't know if that was also God's way of protection Paul from death at this time. There are an incredible amount of details that God oversees so His plans ARE perfectly carried out.
Our lives are not about going from point A to point B. Life is about HOW you go from point A to point B. Is your faith mature enough to praise him when you get a flat tire on your journey? Or are you too focused on your ending destination?
Reflect this month on the Book of Ephesians. Ask God that you read it with fresh eyes.