Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Surprise in the Silence


Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. – Romans 8:33

I can easily default to a warped view of God. I don’t have a balancing voice in my home, and as my “mom performance” dissipates into thin, silent air, I assume God disapproves. Perhaps this is true of many women, single or married.

We derive our assumptions from experience and personal interpretation. Some women endure a constant stream of negative assessment. Others hear an inner voice that harangues and oppresses. Tragically, these confusing messages can compel us to hide from God when we need him most. But if we look up, a surprise awaits us.


The best marriages are a reflection of Christ and his church, so we can assume that God views us the same way a good husband views his wife. Have you ever noticed that, in a loving husband’s eyes, his wife can do no wrong? Here’s a quote by Walter Trobish:

“Let me try to tell you what it… should mean if a fellow says to a girl, ‘I love you’. It means…. You are the one for whom I have longed... I will give everything for you… myself as well as all that I possess. I will live for you alone. And I will wait for you - it doesn’t matter how long. I will always be patient with you. I will never force you, not even with words. I want to guard you, protect you, and keep you from all evil…” (I Loved a Girl)

Can there be any doubt that God is on our side, pleased with our smallest efforts, and covering, rather than focusing on, our mistakes? If someone accuses a good man’s wife, that man becomes defensive. Far from accusing us, God is offended by accusations against us. Our sins are covered, and we are highly valued by him.

God respects me and takes me seriously. And a funny thing happens when I rest in Christ: I remember how, as a child, I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could do the things I’m doing now. I enjoy my grown-up responsibilities! Light-hearted service replaces the discouraging drudgery.

How’s your view of God today?



13 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful, Godly view point, Columba. So encouraging!! Love, Mom

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  2. You have a knack for capturing the heart of God. This is something the believer needs to constantly remember in this deceptive and hostile world. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, George. It's weird how easily we forget how God sees us. I am very thankful for the people who have shown me what he is really like. It helps my faith. Blessings!

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  3. What a sweet post. We are so quick to under-value God's love and acceptance, even those of us with wonderful husbands. As women we are so hard on ourselves, much harder than God would ever be.

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    1. That is true. Especially as moms, we want to get it right because we love our kids. Thankful for grace!

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  4. Love your posts! God is all in it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, and for stopping by!

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  5. I love the reference "light-hearted service". Awww and I love that your mom reads your blog. Both my parents read mine but my dad is the one who will leave a written comment. ;-)

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    1. Ya, it's neat to have the support of family, huh? : )

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  6. wonderful. more poele ned to remember that that is how we are views and how to view others

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    1. Thanks, Aliy! I agree, each person is an amazing creation, and we need to remember that.

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  7. Amen! Great post to start they day! I am also one who loves my grown up responsibilities. That's part of accepting who we have become as a person and move forward, actually looking to the future and what it holds :)

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