God's Will...

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:25-28

In everything, we pray that God’s Will is accomplished no matter how the results may affect our lives.  Sometimes, perhaps quite often, that is difficult to understand because we are human beings and He is God.  Kind of like when your dog gets sick eating his favorite wet food and you change his diet to dry food…your dog doesn’t understand because he is a dog and you are a human being that knows better.  Trinity/HOPE donors are happy today as it appears that these school children who live in Caredeux, Haiti will only get rain from hurricane Maria as it moved northward away from their country.  The people in Turks are not happy and asking why another hurricane has ruined their day in the past 2 weeks.  It happened and God will use the miss and the hit for a reason to draw somebody closer to Him and the source of all Hope; Jesus Christ.  What pleases God should always be a reason to please us.  I am closing today with the words from the hymn ‘I Leave all things to God's Direction’ that were written by Salomo Franck in 1685.

“I leave all things to God's direction, He loveth me in weal and woe; His will is good, true His affection. with tender love His heart doth glow.  My Fortress and my Rock is He: what pleaseth God, that pleaseth me.  My God hath all things in His keeping, He is the ever faithful Friend; He grants me laughter after weeping, and all His ways in blessings end.His love endures eternally: what pleaseth God, that pleaseth me.  The will of God shall be my pleasure while here on earth is mine abode; my will is wrong beyond all measure, it doth not will what pleaseth God.  The Christian's motto e'er must be: what pleaseth God, that pleaseth me.  God knows what must be done to save me, His love for me will never cease; upon His hands He did engrave me with purest gold of loving grace.  His will supreme must ever be!  What pleaseth God, that pleaseth me.  My God desires the soul's salvation, me also He desires to save; therefore with Christian resignation all earthly troubles I will brave.  His will be done eternally: what pleaseth God, that pleaseth me.”

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay