For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!
|VISION & REALITY
“And the parched ground shall become a pool” Isaiah 35:7
We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then this is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations and we are apt to say “it is no use to go on” Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.
Life is not as idle ore
But iron dug from central gloom,
And battered by the shocks of doom
To shape and use
God gives us the vision, then He takes us down into the valley to get us into the shape of the vision and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth and do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and through floods to get us into shape until we get to the place where He can trust us with the true reality. Ever since we had the vision, God has been at work getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again, we escape from His hand and try to get us into our own shape.
The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His potter’s wheel and spin you as He likes, and sure as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.
~from Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional – My Utmost For His Highest
I’m always being reminded of late that God has a rhyme and reason for everything He does… and nothing is ever wasted!
This also applies to the trials and tribulations that we face; and really it matters not the reason why, or the cause of the trials, whether they are a normal part of the trip, or whether they are disciplinary and corrective; God uses both, and nothing is wasted.
God has promised that He would complete the work that He has begun in us; and also that He is with us ALWAYS, just as He promised He would be; and it is all important that we understand that from God’s perspective all of the training that we are going through, is about developing our faith and trust in Him; and it is most important in these times, in our wilderness experiences and feelings of isolation and aloneness, in those times when we feel as though God has left us, and/or forgotten about us, it is especially important during these times that we know, by faith, that truly He is closest to us; and it is during these times that very often he is carrying us.
So even in those times when we are tempted to think that God is a far off, quite the opposite is true; and in fact God is rather inviting us to come in a little closer, and experience His presence in even greater intimacy; and it is during these times when we are not conscious of being taught, that God is very active in our lives molding and shaping, and stripping away from us the flesh and the world.
The challenge for us during these times is to find our rest in Him, despite what may be going on around us; and in the midst of our earth shaking storms, and the whirlwinds of our life, in the midst of all of that turmoil and confusion, to find our place of quite rest in Him, and there to be still, and know that I AM is still God, and that He has our situation well in hand! Selah
We must remember that God’s purpose, in all of this, is always to work out of us the world and the flesh; and work into us the likeness of His Son, and cause us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, in order that we may be more fit for His service.
The process is not fun; and often it is filled with dangerous pitfalls, and times of heightened anxiety, discouragement, along with those feelings of aloneness.
However, that is exactly the point; and it’s in these times that we learn to disengage our reasoning abilities, our understanding, and all our earth based perspectives and rationalizations; and instead revert to God’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), where we are now navigating totally under the leading, inspiration, and direction of the Holy Spirit; as He illuminates and applies His perspective, His understanding, and His direction, in the midst of our circumstances; and this happens through our mediation and study of God’s Word!
This is the process we signed up for, whether we realized it or not, at the time of our conversion, when we were born-again; and we may rest assured that this process will continue for the rest of our lives, until we graduate to Glory. Selah
Below is an interesting perspective about this process, from Chuck Pierce.
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Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Chuck Pierce: A River is Rising!
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