by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015
Note: I found this little devotion typed into my phone from late August 2014, just a few weeks following being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and undergoing surgery. Its truth stands for us every day. God bless you! ~ Elizabeth
We belong to a Magnificent God who is the One True God in the universe. All other gods either pretend to be God, masquerading poorly or are made into gods (though they are not) by the power and importance we give them.
A Mighty Fortress is our God! There is no other. He alone is High Tower, Sanctuary and Dwelling Place, inviting us to abide in Him as He does in us, once we pledge allegiance to Him.
Here in this life is but a shadow of what is to come. When our life here is done we will be fully restored to our rightful place with Him in His presence as His beloved children for all eternity. There will be no more tears, or suffering, fear or grief–only joy! There will be no more night, but only day for His glory will shine on our faces as we gaze upon Him face to face.
However, while we are here, often our eyes of childlike wonder get caught up in that which is grossly inferior to Him because we do not begin with an understanding of the spiritual realm in which He dwells. So often we are captivated by that which distracts us from the true treasure He has waiting for us. We look and see mostly in the natural physical realm with our natural mortal eyes. We have dreams, but sometimes these represent that which is lessor in comparison to His more.
Indeed, oh the dreams He has for us! When His match our own, our hearts immediately sing! However, sometimes at first glance His plans hold no attraction for us at all. Sometimes, that which confronts us is hard and undesirable, especially on the surface. Sometimes it is painful through and through. However, like a good present cleverly disguised beneath the Christmas tree, so are many of the most valuable and precious gifts our Lord wants to give us. These often don’t look like they are something we even want to open. The outside packaging doesn’t seem to match anything we hoped for at all. Sometimes when we receive the ugly, undesired package, we make a sad face of disappointment, gingerly take the package into our hands, but don’t open it.
Our Lord and His plans are so much greater than our present circumstances. There is no promise for our will not His. He knows His way is greater. There is no promise for no hardship or grief. This is earth not heaven. But even here in all that is lessor or distracts from His greater, He constantly is about great eternal work in our lives and the lives of those we love. Always.
We have to take the courage to open life’s ugly packages. Our God remains Lord. Into each, He has put something which will provide blessing in some way, some how. Our joy is found in His strength. Our safe place is to trust in Him with all our heart and to lean not on our own understanding. Our goal is to let Him use all things, especially the packages which appear undesirable for His glory—that more would know Him, that more would have a chance to choose Him. In this way His Great Commission is fulfilled.
Our God does not fail. He is God. He is Sovereign. He is the only One. Open the packages and receive the hidden, incomprehensible, unanticipated gifts.
NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOMGod’s Wisdom is more precious than gold. This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com www.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org