Monday, July 30, 2012

Favorable Dysfunction


Favorable Dysfunction
(approved failure)
 Hebrews 10: 35 -37 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay

The story says that Job was an godly and upright man. And things started to quickly unfold incredibly in his life. All because Satan wanted to try Job's faithfulness to God.  Job experienced heart ache, friends walking away, marital problems, death and loss and financial status was even put to the test with the loss of possessions. Let me not forget to mention the physical body was even tried.  And even after such harsh conditions and failure one thing following the other, Job stood still in his faith and trust in God. Speaking what he remembered in the WORD of God. What an emotional roller coaster he must have been experiencing. It is almost unimaginable that an “upright” man would have to face such difficulties. 
Why would God step back in all of His Glory and say that it is okay for Satan to go against His man of god with all that he had?
 Isn’t God supposed to be compassionate?
 Doesn’t he care about His men and women of God?
Just imagine if Job had no clue who Jesus was, how could he bear it  all?
The magnitude of the test alone could have smashed Job completely. But instead the Majestic Power of God under girded him in all of dysfunction’s furry to utterly destroy him and everything around.
Favorable dysfunction sounds contradictory. Where is favor in all of this madness, chaos and confusion, dilemmas and disillusion? God don’t you love me ? You said in your Word that You would never leave me nor forsake me. 
And you don’t hear a word from God.
The nights come and go eyes filled with tears heart broken no one to talk to because they all believe that you brought it on yourself and that you are the very cause of all of your own problems.  And you even hear so called inspirational messages that suggests the same. You are the reason that you are going through these things.
 Where do you go from here ?
And you begin to ask the relevant questions that could find possible answers to lead you to a better place than you are. And there is nothing.
No there isn’t any emails, no postcards from friends traveling, no calls, no visits. You are all alone hurting with God’s words still on your lips because he promised that he would come. He said that all things were working together for my good.  He further said to not be unequally yoked with non believers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And you feel like you’ve been ambushed by an army of Satan’s best imps. Still repeating God’s Word to yourself, as you try to continue to walk and see some light.  Nothing is right anymore. Painful truths and heartfelt untruths pounding your head as you try to discern exactly what in the world is God doing ?  Is it you God ? And what am I to learn in such harsh dysfunctional circumstances. How can there be any good that arises out of this pile of rubble left from the inferno of Satan’s hellish trails throughout my life. He has given me hell in every area of my life and without a care seems to want to take me out.
But here is where the story gets good. You see at the beginning when he asked God for permission to test the servant named Job, God gave Satan instructions.  He told him specifically that he could touch everything, but he couldn’t have his soul.  Favor?
 It was there all alone. FAVOR was written in the fine details of Satan’s contract to take you out. Although you thought hell had moved in and redecorated your life. God had his hand on you all the while.  What profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul ? What fellowship has darkness with light? Satan desired to sift you as wheat but be encouraged I have prayed for you. Though they slay me yet will I trust. His mercy endures forever. He will keep you in perfect peace those that keep their minds stead on him. 
Daniel in the lions den knew that God could.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed God to be Awesome,  and understood that if he didn't show up and do what they believed or wanted He was still ABLE.  Forever and ever and ever He promised lo he will be with you for always until the end of time.
Don’t let go !
 The race is won but you have to finish ! The reward awaits you but you must be present to receive it. If it had not been for the Lord on your side where would you be when Satan is allowed to reek havoc in your life and that of your family’s.  Favor aint fair is the phrase some use, but it goes both ways When favor has been given don’t expect a simple happy road always. You may not have to fight but you will have to be filled. The Holy Spirit will sustain you if you faint not. Because God will do everything that He promised some 100 fold even double for your trouble for those who dare to believe. Some say if you see crazy cross the street. But it is clear that crazy may be the beginning of a phenomenal event that is about to take place in your life.  

God can use anything or anybody, just seek His face for His Will.

Dysfunction - failure to perform its function properly: a disturbance in the usual pattern of activity or behavior a characteristic dysfunction of petty officialdom

Favorable - approving: expressing approval or admiration a favorable reaction
 approving, positive, constructive, good, sympathetic, encouraging, complimentary, flattering, kind


1 comment:

  1. This article can really change your way of thinking about your current difficult circumstances. Hopefully you will smile and believe that whatever you are experiencing, God is ABLE to manage it all on your behalf. Continue to trust in God's Powerful Words. Repeat them as you walk through this hard place that you may be in. And before you know it, He will be changing it all for your good. That is Good News for those who will believe.

    Alethea J. Brown



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