Second in a Series
Simple truth: When we hurt, we want to not hurt.
It is universal. It is human. But as a popular worship song suggests:
What if Teardrops are Blessings?
I want to copy out all three short chapters related to Rule #2 and drop them in this blog post. They are that good. In total, the three chapters connected with this Red Sea Rule are only 9 pages long but they are packed with biblical perspective. The three sections are titled:
Asking the Right Question
Wax in the Sunshine
In His Own Way
“Asking the right question” is designed to move us from “Woe is me” to “How might God be glorified in my present situation?” God is always trying to get us to emulate our Savior. Remember what He prayed in His “Red Sea” moment? Take a look.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
John 12:27-28 (ESV)
If we want to survive and thrive in the heartaches of life there is a better approach that crying “Why did this happen to me?” Go ahead and ask if you want too but my own warning is that God has NEVER answered a why question in my whole Christian experience of 46 years. But He answers “what” questions all the time, and He seems to love answering “how?” questions. He tells us what and how we should do things but rarely why we should do some course of action. He tells us to trust and obey. He doesn’t say “after you have figured out and understand how it will all work out, then you can get on with trusting Me.” Obedience is first, understanding comes later. So here is how Morgan counsels us from what he has learned through meditating on Exodus 14:3-4.
“There is a better approach, one that results in an entirely new way of looking at difficulties, that puts our problems into a different context and creates a new paradigm for dealing with tough situations.
The next time you’re overwhelmed, instead of asking, ‘How can I get out of this mess?’ try asking, ‘How can God be glorified in this situation’ One’s perspective is entirely changed by the spiritual realities behind that approach. It’s like switching on floodlights in a dark stadium.” (p. 19)
I’m not getting any kick backs for saying this.
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You and your friends will love it and thank God for Robert Morgan’s tiny tome. (By the way, the book is now available in audio format. I might look into that myself.)