Don’t Look at What is Happening

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In the face of my sister’s bout with cancer, God answered my prayers with this statement, “Don’t look at what is happening, look at what I’m doing!”  Oh, I can’t tell you how liberating this is. Mankind tends to focus on what’s happening, and I am guilty of the same, but there’s something higher than what’s happening—God’s purposes.

But Look At What’s Happening!

But Look At What's Happening
I was tested on this just last week. Here is the scenario. I was traveling with Martha on standby tickets. This means if there’s a seat you fly, and if not, you sit and wait for the next opportunity. It can be a bit nerve-wracking. Suffice it to say, by the end, passengers waiting for seats are congratulating those cleared to fly. “Oh, so glad you made it.” After a while, the group of standby passengers develops a comradeship. Like waiting for a life raft off the Titanic (hahaha). Literally, if there’s no seat, then you don’t fly and most airlines overbook so…good luck!

On this trip, God tested me. He was kind enough to not leave me hanging, but He said “You’re not going to make this flight.” Though my why response was not stated, it was implied. “Why God?” He answered me, “To test your anxiety levels. Will you trust Me?”

I sat there, hoping for better but knowing the answer. We didn’t get on. The next flight rolled around and He said, “You’ll get on this one.” But you know how you can second-guess yourself and say, “Was that Him or me with my desire?” Well, we did actually make that flight. Duh, God told me!

As I was sitting in seat 24b with Martha to my left, He reminded me…”Don’t look at what is happening, look at what I’m doing!”

But What About What’s Happening?

But What About What's Happening
Circumstances can seem so momentous when they push against God’s purposes. We are so vulnerable to our Creator. Nothing happens outside His control. Look at this passage from Isaiah 45:

“So all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the LORD, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.”
Isaiah 45:6-7 NLT

The whole chapter is indicting. God is over all! That includes everything from planes to cancer, despots to peoples. Nothing happens beyond His control. Wow! This is both comforting and terrifying. My God is in control – period, end of story.

So when I am tempted to fret or fear, I’m called to entreat my Abba, my Creator, as the One who’s in control. He promised to not leave me or forsake me. I am shepherded by my Shepherd regardless of what is happening.

“Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you.”
Isaiah 46:4 AMP

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Posted by Annalie du Toit
July 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

Awesome.Awesome. Awesome God. His Name is Wonderful!
Love, grace and also again, Sam, love.

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Posted by Tonya Ortkiese
July 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

Yes, God is so in control, don’t know why we fret. Hi John, I was one of the new faces that showed up by God’s calling to the Lamb conference last month. Amazing ! After reading this, I wanted to share an airplane experience with you I had a couple years ago. My daughter lives in Tucson Az. and had to be airlifted to hospital after being thrown off a horse, so I had to get there to help with her 3 kids. My husband and I were flying standby from Atlanta going through Denver. Flight was full in Atlanta and had one seat left and they called my name, (my husband got to ride jumpseat in cockpit since he is a pilot) so we made it to Denver. Waiting to check with gate agent on our status, the lady in line in front of us was also flying standby to Tucson, they told her there was only one seat left if the lady didn’t show up to claim her seat. So when we got to the agent, she said our senority was higher and I would get the seat if she didn’t show up. So while my husband was searching for hotels in Denver, I was praying we would somehow get on this flight. Then God told me to pray for the lady who was in front of us that she would get on also. So I did. Then God said “Go pray with her that she will get on” Then I began arguing with God…”But God, what if I pray and I get on and she don’t, what will that do to her faith?” Then God clearly said “If you don’t, neither one of you will get on” So I nervously walked up to this stranger, put my hand on her shoulder and told her she may think I’m crazy, but God wants me to pray for you to get on this flight. She kindly agreed. Then we waited. The other lady did show up to claim her seat, then the miracle happened. Two people that were already on the plane going through Tucson then on to LA decided to get off the plane and find another route. That opened up two seats!! They called my name to get on the plane, then they called the lady I prayed with to get on. My husband once again got jumpsuit in cockpit. ONLY GOD (my daughter was bruised up but nothing broken, another miracle) All Glory To The Mighty Name Of Jesus

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Posted by Frank
July 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

It’s refreshing to know our Heavenly Father is in control, if not we would all be spinning out of control. Thanks for the timely word.

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Posted by Bruce Dickey
July 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

AMEN JOHN,
We see from where we stand, in Christ or as man.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Posted by Tina
July 22, 2015 at 7:44 am

Yes this is so true and comforting. The Spirit of the Lord taught me this very principle through a time of great grief and loss and instead of being in despair my eyes were able to see the amazing restoration that was taking place in the midst of what was happening. This is the key to living from the Kingdom of God for me instead of living in fear of what it looks like. When I doubt the truth of His Sovereign control if I remember how Jesus lived on earth and in relationship with His Father, abiding in His love and care, keeping His heart set as He accepted and trusted the will of His Father. Thank you for the fresh reminder of these truths and more…

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Posted by Sam
July 22, 2015 at 7:24 am

If God doesn’t rule, we are in great, great trouble. Life is such a test of faiths. Does He rule? A hidden rule doesn’t mean a passive or powerless rule. How wrong we are in our hearts about this!

History of men is God testing hearts, dividing work of the Sword, “devouring” like a lion to see who/what men choose. My personal story and passing through this history of time (“ministry of time”) is the same. God is testing me, His river of fire, to see who I trust, and who is the strength of my arm.

May the Lord have mercy of us, in the timeless mercy of Jesus Christ.

Love and care… and love again.
Sam

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Posted by sue
July 22, 2015 at 6:17 am

“Nothing happens beyond HIS control” You spoke such truth….”Wow, This is both comforting and terrifying” and yet “we are shepherded by the one who is in control and we can stand on these promises. Bless you and thank you for bringing HIS truths to the light and reminding me as Gerardo says, WHO IS IN CONTROL.

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Posted by Gerardo Lopez
July 22, 2015 at 4:28 am

Awesome John needed to hear this ! Good to be reminded that He is in control. It’s assuring to know this because college is gonna be expensive and I am currently short haha by a lot , but He has called me to it so I know He will provide!

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