In the last movie of the Avengers arc, Avengers: Endgame, a conversation takes place in which Frigga, the mother of Thor, tells him he’s a failure and just like everyone else. When he complains that her comment is harsh and that he’s not supposed to be like everyone else, she comments that everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be. The measure of a person is how well they succeed at who they are.
Lately I’ve had problems rectifying things I believed God told me with what has and hasn’t happened. I know God cannot lie so everything He says must be the truth. I know he has all power so nothing is impossible for Him. So why are the things I’m expecting not happening?
Is something wrong with my faith? Do I not believe He can do anything? Or is it a problem with my ability to hear Him? Did He truly tell me what I thought He did?
That’s when I took another look at what God actually said and my expectations.
I assumed because God said one thing that certain other things would take place. I expected Him to fulfill His plans according to what I thought in the way I thought. And God wasn’t living up to my expectations. According to me, He was a failure at who He was supposed to be.
That’s the problem with all our dealings with God. We expect Him to listen to us when we speak, to give us what we ask for, and to do so when we want it. We’ve made God in our image and expect Him to behave according to what we think and say. And when He doesn’t, He appears to be a failure as our God.
Fortunately, what Frigga said about the measure of a person is true. God is true and honest, faithful, holy, and just. He’s also omnipotent and omniscient. He truly succeeds in who and what He is.
Hebrews 13:8, says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In Malachi 3:6, God says of Himself, “I am the LORD, I do not change.”
Because He is who He is, He can be totally trusted to do what is best for us, no matter the situation. Any disconnect between what we expect and what He provides is on us and our failure to interpret, understand, or simply listen to what He says.
In my case, the problem was a failure to listen. I heard just enough of what God said to know He wanted to fulfill my desires. But I chose to take that as His blessing on fulfilling those desires the way I wanted, when He never promised that.
I should have listened clearly to what He said then either asked how He wanted to proceed or just waited to see what He would do.
If I wait on Him, He will fulfill the desires of my heart, that He Himself placed there, and He will do it in His timing, for my best, and for His glory. He will show Himself, not the God I think He’s supposed to be, but the God He truly is.
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This is so beautiful. Thank you so much
Thank you for reading!