The quote in C. S. Lewis’s, The Screwtape Letters kept drifting through my mind when considering this post on self-control. When I came across the quote in another post, I knew I had my answer. Let’s take a look at the quote.
Spiritual deserts can leave us dry and empty.
Where else do we go when He is everything?
Storms can erase every trace of His hands…for a while. Of course, we know even when we can’t see His hands, we can trust His heart!
Have you ever asked why? I have.
In certain circumstances, the enemy will try to convince us that God has forsaken us.
So what makes a person obey when their life is in shambles, and there seems to be no evidence of God’s hand in their life?
For me it’s Love.
When I think of my relationship with the Lord, I think of marriage. When I fell in love, I had eyes for no other. My heart was pledged to one. In good times or bad times, I know he loves me even when I don’t understand him. Hubby’s love gives me strength.
It’s the same way with our relationship with the Lord. His love gives us the strength to face the hardest circumstances. Our love for Him and the work of the Holy Spirit in us produces self-control in us. We shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease Him. Just as we shouldn’t take pleasure in doing things that would displease our earthly spouse. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Falling in love makes everything easier.
Storms will come. At times, there’ll be no sign of deliverance. But if we love Him as He loves us, then we will still obey.
Your turn. Tell me what keeps you intending and obeying. Both actions require self-control.
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet who warned Judah of the coming captivity due to their unfaithfulness to God. He was rejected by his king, the priests, prophets, and his own people. He was placed in a miry pit and carried to Egypt. Yet here is a man that declared, “Great is thy faithfulness.”
How could he declare God’s faithfulness when everything around him screamed the opposite?
Because Jeremiah’s eyes did not rest upon his surroundings.
It takes faith to look beyond the veil of circumstance, whether it is heartache or loss, to say, “Great is thy faithfulness.”
How is your faith this September morn? What are you thankful for in your current circumstances?
Me? I’m thankful for electricity this morn. I’m glad I have running water. I’m grateful that even though we have minor damages, most can be fixed. We are safe. Irma is gone. And I’m praying for all those who are still dealing with the aftermath of this storm, Harvey, and the fires.
I pray because, like Jeremiah, I believe God is faithful. And while we face the trials and tests in this life, He promises He’ll see us through until the end. And that, dear reader, is what Jeremiah understood.
Have faith, dear friend. Peek over the veil and see. In the end, all will be well because of His faithfulness!