Find It Only Here On Friday: Questioning God
Patricia Holbrook is a Christian author, national conference speaker
and President of Soaring with Him Ministries.
Her devotionals and articles are featured on the IDisciple app,
as well as on the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Her first book, “12 Inches – Bridging the Gap between What You Know About God and How You Feel”
is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and other retailers.

Patricia is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriters) here at LifeLetter Cafe
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
Her Cafe exclusive “Questioning God” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Cafe thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Patricia
has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently.

In Patricia’s own words …

We often look at life in a one-dimensional way.
We think of our experiences as being just about ourselves
and we see our problems as just that – problems.

God doesn’t see that.

First,  He sees His kingdom and our role in it.
He needs to prepare us. He sees His masterpiece, you and I,
and He knows the many areas in our lives that need pruning, changing, molding.
He loves us too much to leave us as we are.
And it is through adversity and setbacks that He does
the changing, molding and pruning in our character.

When we wrap our minds around this truth,
that God is still good when the worst happens, and tell our hearts to believe,
we finally get to a place where we experience the peace
that surpasses all understanding through it all.

 

 

Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Questioning God”
by Patricia Holbrook

The LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’S power limited?
Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not”.
– Numbers 11:23 –

Moses had seen God move, over and over again …

He marveled as God sent ten plagues against defying Pharaoh, just as He said He would. He watched as Yahweh parted the waters of the red sea, just to close them again, thus killing those who defied His sovereignty. He watched God provide a pillar of cloud to give them guidance by day and a pillar of fire to shine in the darkness of night. And yet, in this passage, when God tells him that he heard the people’s complaint and would answer by providing meat for them, not for a day or a week, but for an entire month, Moses questioned God.

And offered to give Yahweh a little help (Numbers 11: 21-22).

I sit back and smile as I imagine this long-bearded, calloused old man offering a helping hand to the One who spoke the stars into existence: “Do you want me to go hunting, Lord? Or maybe fishing? Should I help you out?”

I smile not because I think it’s funny. I smile out of gratitude.

If one of the great giants of Hebrews 11 displayed such wavering faith, there must be hope for me.

Because I don’t know about you, but from time to time I find myself offering God a helping hand.

Yes, Lord, I’ve seen you provide time and again, but don’t you see this deadline here? I’m running out of time. I’m running out of resources. What if I cut corners? Do you want me to go into the field and kill some deer to help you feed my family? Can’t you see it, Lord? You’re almost late!

Yes, Lord, you’ve never failed me. You said I’d never be alone, as long as I have you. But this guy, well, no, he’s not a strong Christian, but I have waited for too long. I FEEL lonely! I think I should give it a try. Can’t you see it, Lord? You’re almost late!

 

Oh, that we would once and for all
trust what our eyes have seen in the past!

Oh, that we would let this truth be etched on the walls of our anxious thoughts: That our eyes cannot always see His hands and our ears cannot always hear His steps as He walks beside us. But still, He does!We must choose to trust. We must choose to wait to see His glory displayed once more. Because it will… in His time.

It is God, not me, who holds the timeline of events in my life. All I know is that I can look back and see that He has never, ever, ever been late.

It is Yahweh, not me, who knows what’s best for me. All I know is that, as I look back, the only times I’ve suffered is when I stepped out of His will and took matters into my own hands. Conversely, Every time I chose to wait and trust, He has always delivered His best. And His resources have always proven to be enough…

Maybe His food tastes a bit blend at times. You may get sick of it. You may get tired of waiting for the meat that your body and soul so long for. But before you offer to meddle with God’s plan, before you question His timing and His methods, remember Yahweh’s answer to Moses. His answer is a question.  It’s the same thing He asks you and me, when we foolishly dare to question His ways:

“Is My power limited?”

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About the author : Patricia Holbrook

Patricia Holbrook

Patricia Holbrook is a Faith columnist, national speaker and the author of Twelve Inches – Bridging the Gap Between What Your Know About God and How You feel. She also writes a weekly blog containing a series of thought-provoking devotionals on her ministry’s webpage. She lives with her husband Steve and two daughters in the Greater Atlanta area.

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