God’s Learning Curve
Good News Alert! God’s learning curve is not only doable; it’s paved with promises. Promises of trouble, as well as blessings. You may wonder why that’s good news. Why would a caring God mix trouble with blessings? Because God’s learning curve is designed to motivate us to depend upon Him and to equip us for life. Our part is to look, listen and apply His instructions.
Oswald Chambers reminds us of something we know to be true in our hearts. “The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere.. . We will find what we’re looking for if we will concentrate on Him.”
How do we navigate steep hills and winding curves, especially in a storm? We keep our eyes on the road. Hopefully no talking or texting or disciplining the children in the back seat. We concentrate; why? Because it may very well be a matter of life and death.
The same is true of our spiritual journey. In Isaiah 45:22, God tells us to look to Him and be saved. Some of us look to God to be saved from eternal death. But then, we try to draw upon our own resources to navigate our lives in the here and now.
Hebrews 12 tells us to get rid of anything that hinders our spiritual eyesight. How? We’re told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. This is how we stay alert and prepared for the journey, including the learning curves.
- “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” II Timothy 3:16-17 (The Message)
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
- “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him . . . . “ Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
- “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature andwell-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message)